Of the country’s 257 municipalities, only 38 received a clean audit, from 41 the previous year, highlighting the effect of instability in local government blighted by inadequate skills, cash flow challenges, governance failures and a lack of accountability and consequence management.

Out of the mere 38 clean unqualified audits achieved in the entire country, the DA-run Western Cape led with 21, followed by Northern Cape four, KwaZulu-Natal four, Eastern Cape three, Gauteng two, Limpopo two and Mpumalanga two...

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