The Auditor General’s presentation to Parliament has indicated that the Western Cape is by far the best governed province in South Africa.
In the last financial year, the Western Cape’s 23 government departments and entities received 18 clean audits and 5 unqualified audits with findings.
This is a much better performance than any other province and bears testimony to the Democratic Alliance’s dedication to clean and effective governance.
The Auditor General singled out the efforts of the DA-run province, stating about the Western Cape that “political and administrative leadership set the tone for clean audit outcomes at all provincial cabinet meetings”.
78 % of departments in the Western Cape produced clean audits. Gauteng comes in at a very distant second place with 54%.
These results unfortunately show how the rest of the provinces in South Africa continue to be mismanaged.
Eastern Cape, North West and Limpopo are in a particularly bad state, with only 15 %, 3 % and 4 % of departments and entities receiving clean audits respectively.
It is of major concern that the National Government, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo regressed on their audit findings.
The AG cited lack of internal control, political will and a major lack of consequences for offending accounting officers, as the reasons for failing to drive clean audit outcomes.
The fact of the matter is that if a government cannot manage its finances properly, it cannot deliver the services the people need.