By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA provincial Leader:
It is a crime against the people of Limpopo that all 30 Limpopo municipalities received qualified, adverse or disclaimer opinions from the Auditor General in the 2013/14 financial year findings.
This is due to lack of consequences for transgressions and lack of political leadership in Limpopo. Weak financial controls have rendered the municipal system vulnerable to widespread abuse and often a loss of adequate audit trails to substantiate transactions.
Poor systems and lack of supply chain management in Limpopo municipalities remain a challenge, with the irregular expenditure incurred of about R818 million this year.
According to the AG, quality of the financial statements remain poor at between 92% and 97% of the auditees in Limpopo not providing sufficient records of their financials, pointing to a poor internal control environment at most municipalities.
The people of Limpopo are the real victims of this horrible state of affairs.
The DA has long held that corruption, lack of oversight and financial mismanagement continue to cripple service delivery, yet the ANC does nothing to improve things for the people of Limpopo.
The DA has been exposing poor municipal roads, lack of water supply, nepotism in allocations of RDP houses, wasteful and fruitless expenditure, fraud and corruption yet the ANC turns a blind eye on calls made by the DA.
This is because the DA believes in government that serves the people, with commitment and dedication to clean governance and financial controls.
The ANC must now acknowledge that its municipalities in Limpopo keep on regressing while taxpayers money is wasted on poor service delivery – and as leaders of those governments, Mayors must be called to account. This may include recalling repeat offending mayors, who are failing the people.
The ANC’s delay in managing the recent fiasco at Mogalakwena municipality where mayor, Thlalifi Mashamaite, had brought the municipality to its knees, simply undermines good governance, and undermines delivery.
The DA will continue to press for better financial controls, and improved financial processes, with full accounting to council and full disclosure of all public accounts.