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Salga blames taxpayers for failing municipalities, ignores corruption

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana plans to pump $28.9 billion into the country’s local municipalities, which is likely to make little difference to the plight of disadvantaged taxpayers being scapegoated for poor service, rather than rampant mismanagement and corruption. Godongwana admitted that 175 of the country’s 257 congregations are in financial difficulty. While Godongwana did not name and shame any of these financially distressed municipalities in his budget speech on Wednesday, his budget review states that a number of municipalities have failed to provide services due to poor governance, financial mismanagement and insufficient capacity. Also…

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