The DA-led Western Cape provincial government has taken the auditor-general to court to fight the one qualified audit opinion the provincial government received for the 2017/18 financial year. The provincial government’s department of agriculture has disagreed with the auditor-general’s interpretation of its financial statements and has filed papers in the high court to review and set aside the disputed findings. The province boasted in October that an analysis of the audit outcomes for 2017/18 indicated that a total of 23 out of 24 audits — which included all the Western Cape departments, the provincial legislatures and entities — received unqualified audits on their financial statements. However, only six months before the national elections, the ANC-led Gauteng government has already boasted that it is the only province in which all its departments received unqualified audit opinions for 2017/18, after being briefed by auditor-general Kimi Makwetu on the state of affairs. The aud...

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