Wednesday was a telling day of finance in Parliament.
While all eyes were on Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni’s special adjustment Budget speech, few took notice of the earlier presentation by the auditor-general on the state of municipal finances.
Ironically, the AG’s presentation was a clear demonstration of the proverbial, biblical “narrow gate” Mboweni referred to. Looking through the gate, Parliament was briefed that 27 of 30 Western Cape municipalities received clean audits.
Each of them is run by the DA.
Provincially, the Western Cape is the province dedicated to the narrow gate mission. We have the lowest staff-to-politician ratio in the country, yet achieved the fastest growing provincial economy with the lowest unemployment rate.