There is a possibility that the 2016-17 local government audit outcomes could be negatively affected by the 2016 local government elections. Eugene Zungu, head of audits for the auditor-general, said on Thursday it was flagged based on a slight regression in the audit outcomes following the 2011 local government elections. On Wednesday, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu released a report on the audits of SA’s municipalities for 2015-16. The report showed that the financial health of 65% of the country’s 263 municipalities was either "concerning" or "required intervention". The election could have a negative effect on the next report, Zungu said. He was the keynote speaker at the Business Day Dialogues in Johannesburg during a panel discussion organised in conjunction with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Thursday. Zungu said outcomes could be negatively affected if a new administration did not follow through on commitments made by its predecessors to improve audi...

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