High level meeting hopes to turn around dire state of municipalities

2009-10-21 14:41

THE department of Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs

says corruption and financial mismanagement is pervasive in all 283

municipalities across the country, irrespective of the political party in


Acting director general for the department, Elroy Africa, said

fraudulent activities include unaccounted for expenditure and the disappearance

of municipal funds.

“In some instances there is collusion between councillors and

administrators,” he said.

Africa was talking at a two day national indaba on local governance

at the Birchwood Hotel, Ekurhuruleni, where local government officials including

MECs, mayors, business leaders and civil society organisations gathered.

The indaba comes after a departmental investigation found local

government had been hampered by political infighting, corruption and financial


City Press reported on the departments finding’s last week.

It was hoped that a framework for a turnaround strategy for

municipalities will be adopted at the meeting.

In his presentation, Africa noted that 78 municipalities are

depended on government grants to operate and provide basic services, which

places major challenges on their ability to deliver.

Africa’s comments followed Co-operative governance and traditional

affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka’s call for amendments to the Constitution in

order to boost service delivery.

Shiceka called on delegates to emerge out of the indaba with plans

to curb financial mismanagement and improve service delivery.

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