Previous city bosses fingered following AG’s report
THE auditor-general (AG) last week tabled his consolidated general report on the 2015-16 municipal audit outcomes.
City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the report confirms years of rampant maladministration witnessed under the previous ANC-led government.
“Under the previous administration’s leadership, the AG found that the city’s financial performance had remained stagnant, scoring an unqualified opinion with findings due to a number of control deficiencies relating to record management and processing, reporting and reconciliation of transactions.”
Added to this, said the mayor, so-called corrective measures taken by the previous administration failed to address the root causes of previous deficiencies highlighted by the AG, resulting in repeat findings on, among others, material misstatements in the financial statements; non-compliance with legislation, including supply chain management prescripts; and inadequate performance reporting.
“Sadly, two of the city’s entities, Pikitup and the Johannesburg Roads Agency, could not sustain the clean audits achieved in the 2014-15 year and regressed to an unqualified opinion with findings in the 2015-16 year of review. The audit outcomes illustrate poor attention to financial management practices under the previous government. This was also manifest in the failure to adequately investigate cases of unauthorised, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure over the years,” he said.
This left the council unable to assess whether the identified expenditure could effectively be recovered.
“These findings affirm this administration’s commitment to building a competent, trustworthy and professional civil service that puts the interests of the city’s residents first.
‘The city is now seeing a steady improvement’
“Since taking office, we have worked hard to begin the process of improving the city’s performance on financial management and reporting.”
To date the city has: