Councillors should not be seen as 'chowing' people's money - Ramaphosa

2016-11-29 16:06
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Johannesburg - Councillors should not be seen as leaders that are "chowing" people's money, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday. 

"We want councillors that are going to be accountable, councillors that are going to be responsive," Ramaphosa said. 

Ramaphosa was speaking at a South African Local Government Association (Salga) conference in Sandton. 

"As a country we look to this cohort of councillors that we have elected in August to exemplify everything our people expect of their public representatives.

"In every village, every town, township or city, we must establish the institutional capacity to deliver better services...we must prioritise co-ordination and communities' involvement through programmes," he said.

He said South Africans' default view of councillors had become that the officials were "the face of corruption" and "everything that is wrong."

He said councillors should see themselves as servants of the people, and serve those people where it matters most. 

"You are here because you have to serve people. Our responsibility is to make sure that all structures of local government in all parts of the country serve our people all the time." 

In the August 3 local elections the ANC lost the key metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

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