Lukhanji rated bet­ter than oth­ers

The Rep - - NEWS - ZOLILE MENZELWA

THE for­mer Lukhanji Municipality per­formed much bet­ter on the fi­nan­cial front than the other two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Inkwanca and Tsol­wana, with which it has merged to form the Enoch Mgi­jima Municipality, it was in­di­cated in the au­dit re­port by the of­fice of the au­di­tor-gen­eral (AG), Kimi Mak­wethu, for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

The deputy busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive in the pro­vin­cial AG’s of­fice, Shereen Noble, speaking at the tabling of the re­port be­fore coun­cil on Tues­day, said how the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties took care of the funds given to them, how they re­ported on the use of funds and abid­ing by leg­is­la­tion were among the is­sues taken into ac­count when prepar­ing the au­dit re­port.

Lukhanji re­ceived a qual­i­fied au­dit out­come, with dis­claimers for Inkwanca and Tsol­wana.

Noble said Tsol­wana was the worst off with lead­er­ship in­sta­bil­ity, lack of ca­pac­ity and no records to show how the money had been spent. Tsol­wana did not sub­mit in­for­ma­tion for au­dit­ing while its fi­nan­cial state­ments were sub­mit­ted late.

“The tar­gets in Lukhanji and Inkwanca were not spe­cific and there were no doc­u­ments to sup­port the in­for­ma­tion in the per­for­mance re­port.”

All three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were un­able to de­tect and pre­vent ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture and the full amount could not be es­tab­lished.

Noble said the mu­nic­i­pal pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee (Mpac) had to in­ves­ti­gate who was re­spon­si­ble for the ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture for it ei­ther to be re­cov­ered or writ­ten off.

The fig­ures and the find­ings of the AG could not be ob­tained as the municipality had sup­plied the in­cor­rect au­dit re­port to coun­cil dur­ing Tues­day’s meet­ing.

Bud­get and trea­sury po­lit­i­cal head Madoda Papiyane said the on the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

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