The financial legislative role and capacity of municipal councillors at Ulundi Municipality

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title The financial legislative role and capacity of municipal councillors at Ulundi Municipality
Creator Khomo, Sandile M. Farisani, Tshililo R. Mashau, Pfano
Subject Management; Leadership; Governance; local livelihoods local government; accountability; financial oversight; legislation; local municipal council; sustainable livelihoods.
Description Background: The literature on the challenges of municipal councillors to ensure financial accountability in South African municipalities is widely available. The gap is in the legislative role and capacity of South African local municipality councillors in their financial oversight leading to local economic development and sustainability of livelihoods. This article responds to this gap.Aim: This study aims to assess the legislative roles and capacity of Ulundi municipal councillors in their financial oversight responsibilities leading to local economic development and sustainable livelihoods.Setting: This article focuses on the Ulundi Local Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Methods: The study follows a qualitative research method, and primary data were collected through semi-structured interviews and secondary data through relevant reports and literature.Results: The findings revealed a combination of challenges that Ulundi municipal council and its councillors face in their legislative role to conduct financial oversight and sustain local livelihoods. Such a combination of challenges includes the councillors’ lack of adherence to relevant regulations on the roles of councillors, a lack of relevant capacity to conduct financial oversight and a lack of willingness to act against fellow political party members employed by the local municipality.Conclusion: The article concludes that such challenges lead to poor municipal financial oversight, poor service delivery and unsustainable local livelihoods.Contribution: The contribution of the article is in the proposed processes that draw from Institutional Theory and Sustainable Livelihoods Framework approaches to suggest changes that improve legislative oversight and service delivery leading to sustainable local livelihoods.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of KwaZulu Natal
Date 2023-06-12
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v11i1.691
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 11, No 1 (2023); 10 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
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Coverage Sub Saharan Africa 21ST Century 20S-80s; male and female; Black
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Sandile M. Khomo, Tshililo R. Farisani, Pfano Mashau