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.

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-07-01 12:36

    Pfff... Like anyone in the ANC can spell accountable.

      Schalk - 2011-07-01 12:54

      Great, it only took them 17 years to realize that councilors should be held accountable. Perhaps in another 17 years, they will figure out that cadre deployment is bad for the country...

      MandlaSithole - 2011-07-01 14:11

      Perhaps it's time they stopped calling for it and start practising accountability.

      Digit - 2011-07-01 15:42

      I see this one coming like I will live to see the year 3000. How can accountability be demanded from municipalities when the central government is probably the most unaccountable body in the nation !!!

  • JewelZA - 2011-07-01 12:36

    They need to clarify that 'aggressively' does not mean the destruction of private and public property.

  • Mad man - 2011-07-01 12:41

    Does good, we now get somewhere. We will know all bad things done by the DA in all municipalities they manage. They have been saying non-sense about the ANC - it`s their turn

      CynicBelieve - 2011-07-01 12:48

      Learn how to form a proper sentence before you come and make a noise here. Thula!

      Bad1hq - 2011-07-01 13:00

      It doesn't matter who gets exposed you dumb a$$, all people in local government should be held accountable for their actions. It is their job to ensure people and money gets used correctly. If I didn't do my job I'd get a warning or get fired, same should go for government employees! And who gives a damn if it's ANC, IFP, DA or even cope, if there is money missing or misused it was stolen from YOU and ME!

      PB - 2011-07-01 13:10

      Mad man, you really are pathetic. Most of us just want everything to WORK - whichever party is in charge of the department / municipality / city / country. Whether it is the DA or ANC who just looks on while the sewage system etc. self destructs, then the responsible person(s) has to be made accountable. Period. This is one of the reasons we feel so strongly about the information bill not to come into effect - so we can hold EVERYBODY to account. But then again, you will not understand.

      The-Boffin - 2011-07-01 13:22

      @ Mad man What's your point? Your reasoning capacity is beyond explanation. Go demand your school fees back.

      Psychotron - 2011-07-01 13:31


      kylespobox - 2011-07-01 13:42

      want a bannana?A=ANC B=BANCRUPCY C=CORRUPT...1ST LESSON

      Bobcat - 2011-07-01 13:42

      I think Mad Man was educated during the ANC rule... I can promise you than Helen Zille would not shy away from any corruption under her ranks - those people would get dealt with severely!! Not like Jacob Zuma, who rewards people with High level positions... Your name should be Doff Man, not Mad Man!!

      tightrope - 2011-07-01 13:46

      @madman, as ususal you a such a doff, go and learn to make a sentance.

      Gavin - 2011-07-01 14:04


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      jowza - 2011-07-01 15:29

      do you always scream to get your point across johan, or is all the sniffing of roses having an effect on you

      Liberty - 2011-07-01 16:15

      Relax guys this is a troll. Probably a bored white guy

  • whiteass - 2011-07-01 12:47

    You have been demanding accountability for the last 16 years, all you are really saying is be more ingénues when you rob the people, look like you care.

      schmerz - 2011-07-01 12:53

      "The committee would formally discuss the report as soon as it comes back to Parliament, which is currently in recess." 16 year long recess?

      Liberty - 2011-07-01 16:11

      @whiteass is like everything the government does. Lots of talk but nothing ever happens. Everything gets paid lip service

  • Grant - 2011-07-01 13:00

    How about setting an example from the top down? Get Zuma to answer his corruption charges.

  • gallus - 2011-07-01 13:01

    How about some accountability from parliament and all those ministers and deputy ministers? They spend money on themselves and fail as badly in their delivery as the municipalities. It is a case of the pot calling the kettle black! (Is that word still permitted?)

  • amabok - 2011-07-01 13:05

    account to whom? The unaccountable ministers? Or perhaps the unaccountable President? Shit flows downhill.

  • Will99 - 2011-07-01 13:06

    Uhm... I took you this long to figure that out??? And what did you think municipal councillors were there for before???

  • Peacock - 2011-07-01 13:07

    Accountable to whom? ANC policy... you stuff up , you get promoted

  • chiepner - 2011-07-01 13:09

    blah...blah....blah....blah....blah!!!! Hot air as usual.

  • GTZ - 2011-07-01 13:14

    You need to do something about illitarate people with powers over qualified officials in municipalities. That also need to be looked for

  • david - 2011-07-01 13:15

    TALK talk TALK talk and more TALK. Deeds speak louder than words? Ever heard about that? Try it and we will change our minds. Untill then .....

  • Fair Deal - 2011-07-01 13:36

    Account ability is the ability to charge the Councils account for your private purchases.

  • JE van den Heever - 2011-07-01 13:38

    Could we agree on a minimum data-set for compliance; lets adopt a Service Delivery Index measurement between 0 - 100(SDIX);lets agree on compulsory assessment twice per year;lets agree on the composition of the assessment team, e.g.: 40% Mun officials,10% Councillors, 30% Community and 20% external independents; lets agree on publishing results within 21 days; lets agree on comparing results, provincial and national; lets agree on responsibility, accountability and outcomes;lets agree on levels of performance, i.e. 0-15 Crisis, 15-25 Poor, 30-40 Fair, 45-55 Average, 60-70 Good, 75-80 Very Good and 81-90 Excellent; finally lets agree on "In the Lord we trust, everybody else bring DATA". Ed, a A LEAD SA supporter.

  • Generaal - 2011-07-01 13:53

    Yes. Let's all become accountable for our actions....beginning at the top!! I'm sure before we reach the halfway mark down this ladder of "leadership", there will not be a soul left at the top?

      JE van den Heever - 2011-07-01 14:01

      Generaal, May I repeat: lets agree on responsibility, accountability and outcomes;lets agree on levels of performance, i.e. 0-15 Crisis, 15-25 Poor, 30-40 Fair, 45-55 Average, 60-70 Good, 75-80 Very Good and 81-90 Excellent. LEAD SA supporter.

  • derkus - 2011-07-01 14:03

    17 years and the ALL NOW CORRUPT has destroyed everything in South Africa

      msendi - 2011-07-01 17:03

      Bad neh!!! too bad…

  • GrannyC - 2011-07-01 14:04

    7/237 Municipalities have a clean audit report, what an absolute disgrace. Well done to the 7 but what is happening to those who have squandered and stolen the money (our hard earned tax money) that was supposed to be used to run their municipalities??????????? Fire them now so that I and many people on this blogg will come in and do a better job. You Tsenoli, must also be held accountable as you should not wait for an auditors report to realise that things are in a mess. Do you know what aggressive means Tsenoli???? It's about time you and all your cronies in government got off your arses and started running this country properly.

  • BlendedFrog - 2011-07-01 14:05

    Hands up all those that truly believe anything will change. Anyone? Tha ANC has had the best part of two decades of saying the right thing, of talking big, of promising, promising, promising, ad nauseum. It is not as if they have even achieved nothing - their score is actually negative. We have higher unemployment, higher crime, higher homelessness, higher population (thanks to uncontrolled immigration); at the same time we have lower educational attainment, lower life expectancy, lower business confidence, lower healthcare standards and lower anti-corruption results. We tire of your grandiose prescriptions of what should be done to make a better society, because that is all we have had from you in the last 17 years. Show us, instead, what you have actually, truly and without party spin, achieved and done that has elevated all those other than the select ANC few. Where is the racially blind, free and fair enterprising democracy that you touted to a trusting and expectant South African populace back in 1994? Try sacking some of the miscreants. Hell, you might even try prosecuting some of them. Stop suspending suspected crooks in government on full pay - see what happens if suspensions are without pay or, in needy cases, 25 per cent pay. Make councillors and senior government managers personally liable. Stop talking - we have heard it all before. Start performing.

      PB - 2011-07-01 14:08

      A case of Bells for BlendedFrog

      zaatheist - 2011-07-01 14:19

      Excellent comment. I can add nothing except that as one who spent his life opposing the nats and who welcomed 1994 with open arms, I am gutted with disappointment at the greed and corruption of those who still have the cheek to call themselves freedom fighters.

      maseratifitt - 2011-07-01 20:01

      Hope the BlendedFrog is not a smoothie. But what an excellent comment. In a nutshell. I would just add to the last sentence : "And pay back all the money you stole from the people".

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-01 14:15

    Less yada yada, more change change...

  • Gavin - 2011-07-01 14:19

    Wow, so honesty should appear on the radar in about 2075 ?

  • Ngwenya47 - 2011-07-01 14:24

    It's a comedy. No, sorry, it's a competition to see who can score the most.

  • Sammy - 2011-07-01 15:11

    How about sharing some of that accountability,If MPs arent sleeping or talking to one another after a sumptious meal then they are on fact finding missions somewhere sometimes they cant even get a quorum to vote on needless laws that do nothing for the good of the citizens because they ignore them after they have passed.That is what parliament is justone big talk shop with a toothless minority.

  • fraserm - 2011-07-01 18:24

    In order for there to be accountability there must be consequences for ones actions. Stop talking about it as you lot been doing for years. Take action !! Ensure others are aware action is taken and demonstate to me as a South African you as government are in control and all are equal when it comes to being held responsible. Until I see action I dont believe a word you saying. Stop talking about this bullsh*t and do something about it. Easy as that!

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