Parliament: Demand accountability

2011-07-01 12:31
Johannesburg - Accountability should be "aggressively demanded" from municipal councillors, chairperson of Parliament's co-operative governance and traditional affairs portfolio committee said on Friday.

Solomon Tsenoli was reacting to the release of the Auditor General's audit report on municipalities this week, which gave only seven out of 237 municipalities clean audits for the 2009/10 financial year.

"Councillors are directly and indirectly responsible for municipal resources and should promptly account for their use, every time," Tsenoli said in a statement issued by Parliament.

Human and financial resources had to be "optimally stretched" and effectively used to meet the needs of people the councillors served.

"All regular council meetings should be made platforms where accountability is aggressively demanded from all those who are entrusted with council resources," said Tsenoli.

The committee would formally discuss the report as soon as it comes back to Parliament, which is currently in recess.

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