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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s intervention team, which had been sent to revive collapsed governance in Limpopo, was partly to blame for the ongoing paralysis.
This is according to provincial Auditor-General Dirk Strydom, who presented preliminary audit results of provincial governance yesterday.
Strydom presented the report for the 2012-13 financial year to the legislature in the presence of his boss, Terence Nombembe.
No department received a clean audit opinion this year.
Of the five departments that constantly received disclaimer audit opinions countrywide, three were in Limpopo.
The paralysis in the education, health and public works departments continued despite the fact that central government was now running them.
Strydom described the state of the three departments, which collectively had received 76 percent of Limpopo’s R48-billion budget, as concerning.
About the intervention team, Strydom said: “We had the administration, which helped in some areas to stabilise the purse in the province, but on other areas, it worked counterproductively.”
He cited public works as one of the departments that had turned into a turf for petty squabbles.
The province was plunged into a R1.7 billion deficit under former premier Cassel Mathale’s watch.
Strydom lauded new premier Stan Mathabatha for making a commitment to whip lax officials into line.