Failing councils should face penalties, Ramaphosa tells Mabuyane

President Cyril Ramaphosa has known as on premier Oscar Mabuyane to make sure there may be consequence administration for failing councils within the Japanese Cape.

Just one municipality within the province achieved a clear audit within the 2018/2019 monetary 12 months.

Ramaphosa was addressing the Japanese Cape authorities lekgotla on Tuesday. The lekgotla, meant to debate authorities priorities in 2021, was attended by Mabuyane, MECs, mayors from throughout the province and Transnet representatives.

The president stated governance challenges within the councils wanted to be addressed to fulfil their electoral mandate to the individuals.

“These are mirrored in poor municipal audit outcomes, lack of capability in municipal places of work, corruption and maladministration, poor oversight and underfunded budgets,” he stated.

Ramaphosa stated the federal government wanted to work with urgency to beat service supply backlogs that affected individuals’s lives.

“There have to be consequence administration for municipalities that fail to ship companies, matched by remedial motion. At th is troublesome time, when poverty is prone to deepen on account of the pandemic, we’ve got to exhibit that we’re a caring, skilled authorities accountable to the individuals we serve,” he stated.

In 2020, municipalities within the province turned to the division of co-operative governance and conventional affairs for help to assist them flip about their outcomes after years of poor audit outcomes.

The province’s 39 municipalities acquired a dismal report card from the auditor-general within the 2018/2019 monetary 12 months audit report, with solely Senqu municipality being given a clear invoice of well being.

The workplace of the premier’s committee lately launched an annual report detailing how most municipalities struggled to account for public funds because of political instability.

Ramaphosa inspired municipalities to work with the lately established mission administration unit.

The unit is the brainchild of the division of co-operative governance and is supported by the provincial treasury.