Municipal watchdog body to be unveiled

2010-10-07 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL will become the first province in the country to officially unveil its newly established standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) for the province’s 61 municipalities.

As part of the provincial government’s commitment to prevent maladministration, fraud and corruption at municipal level, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC (Cogta) Nomusa Dube will inaugurate the municipal Scopa at a function to be held in Sinodale centre in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.

Cogta spokesperson Vernon Mchunu said that at the function Dube will also sign service delivery contracts with mayors of all the province’s 61 municipalities, making KZN again the first province to sign such a significant agreement with each mayor.

“These two landmark developments have been staged to coincide with the provincial audit workshop that is set to ensure municipal roleplayers are given an extensive understanding of their responsibilities,” Mchunu said.

The workshop seeks to familiarise mayors, municipal managers, financial officers, councillors and speakers with the legal obligations of councils relating to sound financial management. They will also help to sensitise political office bearers about their roles and responsibilities and ensure that councillors are empowered to exercise effective oversight over the administration.

The launch of the municipal Scopa is part of a turnaround strategy aimed at improving the service delivery by municipalities that was established nationally after the escalation of service delivery protests around the country.

Tomorrow’s function will begin at 9 am.

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