Until officials are held accountable, councils will never improve

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Until officials are held accountable, councils will never improve

Here is why placing municipalities under administration is not the ultimate solution

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Holding mayors, councillors and senior managers in municipalities personally liable for financial losses, bankruptcy and corruption will bring the turnaround that SA’s chronically collapsing municipalities need.

SA’s regulations to put failing municipalities under administration are fundamentally flawed, as they do not hold councillors and senior managers fully accountable. Neither do they recover the losses personally from incompetent, corrupt and wasteful councillors and senior managers.  

Auditor-general Tsakani Maluleke on Tuesday told parliament that about R5.5bn in funds that went to 22 of the worst-run municipalities for the year to end-June 2020 had disappeared. Maluleke was briefing parliament on the outcomes of the auditor-general’s annual audit of the country’s 257 municipalities...

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