Irregular expenditure has decreased across the countrys’ 257 municipalities’ but auditor general Kimi Makwetu has cautioned that it still remains too high.

Makwetu has released the audit outcome for the last financial year.

He says irregular expenditure decreased from 29 billion rand to 25 billion rand after a record high in the previous financial year.

A number of clean audits has however declined by 14 percent in the 2017/18 financial year

Makwetu says these deteriorating audit outcomes show that various local government role players have been slow in implementing, and in many instances even disregarded, the audit office’s recommendations.

He says evidence of these is largely incomplete projects, unsupervised projects, lack of maintenance of significant service delivery infrastructure and haphazard road maintenance projects and infrastructure.

Makwetu has told a media briefing that despite improvement in irregular expenditure accountability in local government continues to deteriorate.

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