The Auditor General is perpetuating a fraud

The Auditor General is perpetuating a fraud

The ritualized annual Local Government audit report again points to a disaster in the management of municipal finances. Only 20 out of 250 municipalities got a clean audit. Over R32 billion can not be accounted for. This is the picture from just looking at the paper trail. This exercise by the Auditor General (AG) is both futile and also perpetuates a fraud in accounting. These expensive audits legitimise fraud at two levels – firstly at giving cooked books legitimacy; and secondly at creating the impression that there is a correlation between so called clean audits and service delivery. Such doesn’t exist and begs the question, what is the AG actually doing?

The AG shows that municipalities spend millions on consultants to “help” with financials. This is a euphemism for cooking the books to get clean audits. This makes a mockery of the audit process.

Most importantly there is no scientific evidence showing that municipalities that get clean audits perform any better on service delivery than those without clean audits. As a matter of fact studies have shown that there is no statistical significant difference between the audit failing municipalities and those that get clean audits when it comes to service delivery. This begs the question, what is the AG auditing? Paper or impact on people? Why perpetuate a lie with the seriousness of a Pope?

Local Government has collapsed. All political parties represented see it as the last door to steal and pillage. The audits tells us very little about the shocking state of affairs of the people’s lives. The AG needs to stop giving legitimacy to a fraudulent meaningless exercise.

Black First Land First (BLF) is calling for a different audit process which will use books as a mere starting point. The audit must reflect the impact on the lives of the people. It’s time for a new Local Government model that put the people first!

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

6 July 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

A PEOPLE’S MANIFESTO

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We promise the politicians nothing! We demand that they deliver everything! All the political parties have now published their manifestoes; the empty ritual they buy our votes with. We say 17 years of elections without change are enough. Now we make our own manifesto:

We, the people of South Africa, hereby legislate a new law, titled “POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS: USE PUBLIC SERVICES”. This law compels all politicians, from the president to the local councilor, and all public servants, from the Director General to the sweeper and their families to use public utilities: Starting with the following:

  1. Hospitals.
  2. Schools.
  3. Transport.
  4. Housing! (The same standard house given to citizens must be used by all politicians and public servants)
  5. A living wage for all!
  6. Land belong to the people

Our politicians and public servants have neglected public services for far too long because they know they can take their families to the private sector. We say, what’s good for you is good for us. Equality for all, for real!

Our hospitals are falling apart; doctors and nurses are overworked and underpaid. By and large our public hospitals are places of death.  Simply put, no one is safe in our public hospitals. Our leaders, politicians, senior public servants and their families use private hospitals and that is why they don’t care about public hospitals which are used by the poor.

Our public schools are in bad condition, teachers are underpaid and the government is not investing in their training with the result that after 12 years of schooling most children from public schools can’t read, write or count.  This leads to a high unemployment rate amongst the youth who are trapped in hopelessness. Politicians and senior civil servants take their children to private schools.  This explains why public schools are not a priority for them.

Our public transport system is appalling. Every morning and night our people are packed into taxis, buses and trains like sardines. The queues are long and the fares are high. Our leaders, the rich and senior civil servants have big subsidies to get private transport. Some of our ministers can buy cars worth millions with tax payers’ money.

The townships are generally badly serviced. The houses are small and millions are forced to live in shacks. The RDP houses built by our black government are worse than the matchbox houses built during apartheid. Our leaders live in mansions, while the people are forced to live in rat-infested townships.

A living wage, the ANC and DA parties have legislated starvation minimum wages for our people. Farm workers earn a shocking R105 a day. Our government kills workers when they demand a living wage as in Marikana but cabinet ministers and members of parliament give themselves millions in salaries.

Land For 20 years of the ANC has delivered only 8% of land to black. It would take 100s of years to buy back our land.  Why are we buying our land back? We demand that all the land be nationalised without compensation and be equitably redistributed amongst the people.

We hereby commit ourselves to struggle to realize this legislation to hold public representatives and servants accountable to the people!

Together let’s make this law a reality.

This campaign is undertaken in the memory of Andries Tatane who was killed by our government for demanding quality services for all!

Issued by the September National Imbizo (SNI).