Factors impeding the implementation of oversight mechanisms in South African municipalities

Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation

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Title Factors impeding the implementation of oversight mechanisms in South African municipalities
Creator Moji, Lebohang Nhede, Norman T. Masiya, Tyanai
Subject Public Administration; Local Government; public policy Oversight; internal control; accountability; leadership; municipalities; Auditor General.
Description Background: Many developing countries are experiencing many financial management and control challenges such as corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds. In South Africa, municipalities are among the most affected public institutions.Aim: This article investigated factors impeding the successful implementation of oversight mechanisms meant to promote accountability, with specific reference to South African municipalities.Methods: A qualitative research methodology approach was used, and an extensive review of literature and key policy documents and reports was conducted.Results: The findings revealed the following factors as impeding the implementation of oversight mechanisms in South African municipalities: ineffective internal control tracking, Auditor General’s limitations to regularly make progress checks on recommendations made, nepotism in municipal appointments, futile audit committees and management’s inability to enforce consequences.Conclusion: In the process, this article recommended that municipalities should adopt a radical metamorphosis through greater accountability measures, strengthened monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and improved leadership and accountability.Contribution: This article proposed options for improving the effectiveness of oversight mechanisms at local spheres of government in developing nations such as South Africa. Furthermore, in general, this article contributed to literature on local government oversight mechanisms and local government performance in South Africa.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-12-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literary Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jolgri.v3i0.94
Source Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation; Vol 3 (2022); 8 pages 2788-919X 2709-7412
Language eng
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