Accountability: Watchdogs for KZN councils

2013-01-18 00:00

TAXPAYERS’ money spent in local municipalities will be subjected to the scrutiny of a watchdog committee formed in councils across KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes after municipal public accounts committees (MPACs) were formed last year to root out corruption, maladministration and fraud within municipalities.

The committees are the local equivalent of standing committees on public accounts.

In a statement, the KZN Legislature said the MPACs would act as watchdogs over how public money was spent in municipalities and hold their executives accountable.

This weekend the legislature will establish a provincial MPAC forum.

Tomorrow’s launch of the MPAC forum will be held in Durban and all municipalities are expected to attend.

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