Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has cited low education levels among councillors as one of the reasons that some municipalities were at risk of collapse.
Delivering the department’s budget at the KZN Legislature on Thursday, she revealed that a large percentage of the councillors elected in 2016 had no post-matric qualification and in some instances councillors had no schooling at all.
“When addressing issues of capacity building, it is important to note that amongst the 2016 intake of 1 846 councillors in KZN, 322 only had matric and 238 had no matric, while four of the latter had no schooling at all,” said Dube-Ncube.
She conceded that despite conducting orientation workshops for councillors, low education levels were evident in the way that oversight was conducted. There have been concerns that some municipalities in KZN are getting bad audit opinions because councillors are not properly equipped to adequately read documents from municipal officials which provides room for corrupt and other maladministration practices to occur.
She added that in response to this finding, the department had put the brakes on some appointments at municipalities where candidates were not properly qualified. “We have to date made decisions nullifying seven full-time applications and 33 acting applications for the appointments of the municipal managers or senior managers not qualifying in municipalities,” the MEC continued.