SA’s municipal mess
Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu’s latest report paints a dire picture, showing the multitude of ills that affect service delivery – but political infighting means there could be little relief for long-suffering consumers
For millions of South Africans, the reality of crumbling local governance is something they endure every day — dodging potholes, disputing inflated bills or hoping that, just for today, they will have water and electricity.
But once a year that forbearance is traded for national outrage, when the auditor-general’s consolidated report on local government is released. It paints a financial picture of the state of the municipalities tasked with providing the most basic of services in SA.