Kimi Makwetu is South Africa's Auditor-General. Picture: Masixole Feni
Johannesburg - Irregular expenditure for municipalities has shot up to just over 50% compared to the previous year amounting to R16,81 billion for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said this was the highest amount since tracking of irregular expenditure began.

More concerning for Makwetu was that the number could have been higher as a third of municipalities stated that the full amount of irregular expenditure was not known.

Another issue was 24% were qualified as the amount they disclosed was incomplete.

Some of the irregular expenditure related to interest in penalties, litigation and claims, cancellation fees for accommodation and unsuccessful implementation of software.

Makwetu released his audit report for the 2015/2016 financial on Wednesday in Pretoria.

On fruitless and wasteful expenditure, Makwetu said although wasteful expenditure was 21% lower than the previous year, some municipalities incurred the expenditure while they were under review.

Unauthorised expenditure stood at R12,77 billion.

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