Cape Times

Ekurhuleni’s unqualifie­d audit lauded by the EFF

- SIPHO JACK AND SIYABONGA SITHOLE

DESPITE chaotic scenes that have characteri­sed the state of affairs of the Ekurhuleni metro, with a stalled motion of no confidence against its mayor Sivuyile Ngodwana, the EFF has welcomed the auditor-general’s unqualifie­d audit opinion.

But the ANC in Ekurhuleni said the DA-led coalition that presided during the 2022/23 financial year should collective­ly take full responsibi­lity for the regression of the audit outcome.

“The EFF Gauteng welcomes the auditor-general’s recent audit report of the City of Ekurhuleni. For the financial year 2022/23, the city was granted an unqualifie­d audit opinion, indicating sound financial management and reporting practices.

“This report by the A-G effectivel­y counters baseless allegation­s by certain political groups. These allegation­s suggested that the city had neglected to submit its financial statements and concealed the A-G’s findings from the public,” the party said on Tuesday.

The clean audit findings come just as the city was embroiled in a motion of no confidence against Ngondwana, which two weeks ago turned violent as members of the council fought.

On Tuesday, the mayor survived another day when council speaker Nthabiseng Tshivhenga adjourned proceeding­s to seek a legal opinion on the matter after the ANC and the DA made amendments to their submission­s.

The EFF, which is in support of the current mayor, welcomed the adjournmen­t while the DA has indicated that only the removal of the mayor will save the city.

“While the EFF puppet mayor, Ald Sivuyile Ngodwana, was still not removed through a motion of no confidence, the DA in the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) still believes that only fresh elections can save the city,” said DA caucus leader Tania Campbell.

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