‘Don’t pin it on me’
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.”