‘Don’t pin it on me’

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER

CAPE Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille yes­ter­day lashed out at those who blamed her for the down­grad­ing of the city’s fi­nan­cial au­dits and said the whole lead­er­ship should shoul­der the blame.

This comes af­ter au­di­tor-gen­eral Kimi Mak­wetu down­graded Cape Town’s au­dits to un­qual­i­fied. The past few years have seen the city re­ceive clean au­dits.

Shortly af­ter the find­ings were re­leased this week, there were claims that the down­grade fol­lowed De Lille’s poor lead­er­ship. The au­di­tor-gen­eral’s re­port is yet to be pre­sented and de­bated by the city coun­cil.

Speak­ing to The New Age yes­ter­day, De Lille said: “I can­not be blamed alone. The au­di­tor-gen­eral said it was the lead­er­ship of the city that was re­spon­si­ble and that in­cludes the chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, the city man­ager and the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors.

“Sec­tion 52 of the Mu­nic­i­pal Fi­nance Man­age­ment ct states the mayor must give po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion but may not in­ter­fere in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

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