- A news report recently informed us that majority of the KwaZulu-Natal councillors don't have matric.
- This lack of education could be the reason why the province is in a worrying state
- People feel these councillors should get educated or be paid according to their knowledge
Many of the councillors of KwaZulu-Natal do not have any formal education to speak of. Some don't have basic matric certificates and majority don't have any post-matric qualifications.
Disturbingly, some of the councillors never received any schooling at all.
Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, stated at the delivery of the department's budget speech that the lack of education among councillors at the municipalities around the province is partly because of the failure to provided adequate services by the municipalities.
“During the 2016 local government elections, of the 1 846 councillors in the province, only 322 were found to hold matric certificates, while 238 had no matric, and four had no schooling at all.”
She added that this results in municipalities receiving poor audit reports because the councillors simply do not have the necessary knowledge to do their work efficently.
They cannot read documents from municipal officials adequately and this often led to an opening for corruption to happen.
Across KwaZulu-Natal more than 15 municipalities are being investigated for fraud and corruption.
One such municipality is the former Ezinqoleni municipality - where an irregular expenditure of R35 million is being investigated.
Dube-Ncube said, “Investigations at six of these municipalities are being finalised, while the rest are nearing completion,”.
Another huge problem is the amount of debt owed by the municipalities. An amount of more than R16 billion is owed to the municipalities in the province.
Most of this amount is owed by government departments and businesses, with only R5 billion of the R16 billion being owed by ratepayers.
People reacted on social media, saying they feel the minimum requirement for counsillors should be matric and that those without it should be paid according to their qualifications - or lack thereof.
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