The Auditor General has revealed not a single municipality in the Eastern Cape received a clean audit for the last financial year, leaving the government’s Operation Clean Audit 2014 plan in tatters.
There was also unauthorized expenditure by 45 municipalities and entities of R 2,23 billion (an increase of R1,66 billion over the previous year), and fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R 130 million.
The Eastern Cape provincial government seems unable to stem this woeful tide of mismanagement in our municipalities. In addition the Eastern Cape has had the second highest number of service delivery protests in the country.
Auditor-General Terence Nombembe has made the call for decisive action against political leaders and municipal officials that deliberately or negligently ignore their duties”.
It is against this statement that Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane should resign.
Of further concern is the inability and hesitation by MEC Qoboshiyane to take decisive action against non-performance from accounting officials in numerous municipalities in the province.
Another worry is that the Honourable MEC Qoboshiyane has yet to place a single municipality under full administration.
The continued lack of financial discipline within our municipalities results in less service delivery.
This has a cascading effect on the quality of life and denies citizens better living and life opportunities through better municipal services.
In turn these shortcomings do not allow people to access the dignified quality of life that they are entitled to.
It is time for MEC Qoboshiyane to move over and hand the reins of local government to a capable person who will act without fear or favour to turn around the financial fortunes of municipalities in this province.