Johannesburg - The three spheres of government owe auditor general Terrence Nombembe nearly R500m in unpaid audit fees, according
to a report on Wednesday.
The City Press online reported that local government debt
stands at R206m, up from R170m last year, while provincial departments owe
R124m, according to the auditor general's 2011/12 annual report.
Nombembe has warned that increasing local government debt
may cause cash flow problems for his office.
National departments have not paid R63m and other
state-owned entities owe R58m.
Of the R206m owed by local government, Eastern Cape
municipalities owe R57m, North West (R42m), Northern Cape (R37m) and Free State
Last year, the total debt stood at R399m.
In the annual report, Nombembe has noted that debt
collection from municipalities continues to deteriorate.
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