As the DA’s hold on local government power grows, so has its record of clean government strengthened,  with DA-led councils far outperforming those led by the ANC in financial management. This picture emerged on Wednesday, when Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released the report on the audits of SA’s 263 municipalities for 2015-16. The findings are significant as the DA tries to position itself as an alternative government. Makwetu reported a "marginal improvement" in a dire picture of mismanagement. Fruitless and wasteful expenditure, the most offensive category of mismanagement, declined 21%. However, irregular expenditure, in which procedures were not followed, went up 50%, a reflection of weak financial controls. The report reflects the last year of last term of office immediately before the August 2016 election. Strong internal controls are viewed as the key to ensuring that municipalities deliver on their priorities.Cape Town was the only one of the country’s eight metros to rece...

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