Mpumalanga municipal managers have reportedly agreed to be fired with immediate effect should they get disclaimers of opininion from the Auditor-General.
According to the City Press, 21 municipal managers penned letters agreeing to the deal. They signed the agreement at a sitting of Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza's coordinating forum while in the presence of representatives from the national department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs.
A disclaimer of opinion is given when auditors are not given documents they require, which could suggest that evidence of corruption is being hidden.
Premier Mabuza had earlier this year called on municipal managers to resign following bad audit results. Only one manager resigned though following the results of the 2011/2012 audit results for the Msukaligwa municipality.
The managers for the municipalities of Bushbuckridge, Nkomazi, Lekwa and Thaba Chweu all stayed on despite their poor audit result, with most not taking responsibilities for the results, claiming they were new to their posts.
"The managers committed themselves (to) improve their work and, in the event they get the disclaimers, they voluntary allow the authorities to release them from duty with immediate effect," spokesperson for the Premier, Zibonele Mncwango, said.
"The commitment letters already have the signatures of the municipal managers but have no dates. The dates would only be filled in once the municipal manager has received a disclaimer," he added.