The audit, which interrogated the financial state of municipalities across the country, between 31 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
- There was a total of almost R17 billion in irregular expenditure in 2015/16, an increase of R5 billion over 2014/15;
- The municipalities failed to notice almost 40% of their own irregular expenditure;
- The North West contributed a staggering 15% of the total irregular expenditure;
- The worst contributor responsible for the irregular expenditure in 2015/16 was OR Tambo District, ANC governed, at R1.56 billion; and
Over half of all unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure reported was not investigated at all.
This is money that should have been spent on delivering basic services to the people.