‘Take politics out of local government,’ advises Kgalema Motlanthe

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‘Take politics out of local government,’ advises Kgalema Motlanthe

Former President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe sits during speeches to uMkhonto We Sizwe Sizwe (MK) members at Nasrec, Johannesburg on 6 October 2017. The MK members are attending a two day all inclusive Veterans’ National Conference. Picture: Yeshiel Panchia

Motlanthe says local competence and authority should be distinct and independent from the political component of local government.

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe wants to see local government strengthened through building a permanent, capable local state, with the required expertise and resources to ensure effective service delivery and support for the local economy. Addressing the three-day Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation’s Inclusive Growth Forum in the Drakensberg over the weekend, Motlanthe called for the establishment of a local state, which should be “distinct and independent from the political component of local government”. He said: “Such a state must be able, not only to collect revenue, but also to develop programmes that grow sustainable local economies. It must outlast the term of...



 


 

 

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