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The mayor of Gaut­eng’s only mu­nic­i­pal­ity with a clean au­dit be­lieves this sta­tus shouldn’t be cel­e­brated, but in­stead trans­lated into service de­liv­ery.

Bongani Baloyi, who leads the DA coun­cil in Mid­vaal, said: “We must not chase clean au­dits, which do not trans­late to better ser­vices for our communities, but rather great eco­nomic growth and better ma­te­rial cir­cum­stances so peo­ple can see it.

“When we say clean au­dit, peo­ple must see value for money; things on the ground you promised them.”

He said res­i­dents needed to have con­fi­dence that their lead­ers were not in­dulging in un­nec­es­sary things, but stick­ing to their core busi­ness.

But his state­ment was soon tested by Anna Mo­hapi, who lives in Sicelo in­for­mal set­tle­ment. She said she’d lived in her shack for more than a decade with­out wa­ter and elec­tric­ity.

“I still have to fetch wa­ter up the street. Our sit­u­a­tion is still the same,” said the mother of two.

Baloyi said 3 000 shacks in Sicelo would be elec­tri­fied this year, and that there was lack of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion for some un­der­de­vel­oped communities, but the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was on a path to fix that.

Baloyi (30) said that, when he took over in 2013, he in­her­ited a healthy mu­nic­i­pal­ity that had scored sev­eral un­qual­i­fied au­dits. But he planned to im­prove them fur­ther and has scored three clean au­dits in a row.

“The first one we cel­e­brated, but then we stopped be­cause it’s part of our job ... We just put it on Twit­ter and Face­book – that’s how special it gets. And then we send a thank you let­ter to staff.”

He said res­i­dents should ex­pect lead­ers to ad­here to the high­est moral and eth­i­cal codes.

“I think that should be the norm. That’s the stan­dard we want to sub­scribe to,” he said.

“We also un­der­stand the scru­tiny that we are al­ways un­der, which is necessary ... We should look at ways to en­cour­age over­sight di­rectly from our communities.”

The way things were done in Mid­vaal, he said, in­volved a com­mit­ment to good gov­er­nance; ruth­less con­se­quence management for cor­rup­tion, mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and mis­man­age­ment of the pub­lic purse; and proac­tive per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing.

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