Factors influencing the implementation of the auditor general’s recommendations in South African municipalities

African Evaluation Journal

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Title Factors influencing the implementation of the auditor general’s recommendations in South African municipalities
Creator Matlala, Lesedi S. Uwizeyimana, Dominique E.
Subject Monitoring and Evaluation; Auditor-General; Public Accountability auditor general; audits; audit recommendations; implementation; local government
Description Background: The establishment of democratic local government in South Africa in 2000 decentralised the decision-making powers from the centre to the periphery. Municipalities are accountable for their own financial preparation and the planning of their budgetary processes. Notwithstanding the enormous investment in terms of resources, empirical studies and municipal audit reports revealed that most of the South African municipalities were not taking corrective action on the issues of irregularities raised in prior year audits; hence, some of the weaknesses and problems remained unresolved or were recurring yearly.Objectives: To identify and discuss the factors that influence municipalities’ failure to implement audit recommendations given by the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) efficiently and effectively.Methods: The research methodology used in this study was mainly qualitative and relied heavily on robust literature study and the review of key official documents, such as reports on local government performance.Results: The main findings of this study are that factors influencing implementation of audit recommendation include availability of resources and time, lack of audit action monitoring processes, absence of authority, staffing problems and sometimes the poor quality of audit recommendations.Conclusion: To deal with these problems, the study recommends a number of practical strategies. These include regular progress monitoring, improving the quality of the AGSA’s recommendations and the amendment of the Public Audit Act to empower the auditor general. Most importantly, the study recommends the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation (ME) unit to regularly track progress for proper implementation of audit recommendations in the South African municipalities.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor N/A
Date 2020-10-08
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literary Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aej.v8i1.464
Source African Evaluation Journal; Vol 8, No 1 (2020); 11 pages 2306-5133 2310-4988
Language eng
Relation https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/464/827 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/464/826 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/464/828 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/464/825
Coverage South Africa Public Auditing —
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