Keeping an eye on the public purse for the public good

How audits work and why they are vital for the wellbeing of the people

05 December 2021 - 00:00 By Tsakani Maluleke

SA has just concluded the 2021 local government elections. In the run-up to the polls, reports produced by the auditor-general on governance and financial controls in municipalities became a key reference point.

An issue that came to the fore, and will be the subject of discussion for some time, is the relationship between audits conducted by the auditor-general and service delivery. While in many instances poor audit outcomes are correlated with poor service delivery, this is not always the case. And herein lies the conundrum...

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