Nombembe: Local Government Should Lead By Example

Auditor General

During the South African Local Government Association (Salga) national conference in Midrand on Tuesday, Auditor-General Terence Nombembe made it clear that he believes the public representatives should be leading by example.

Earlier this year Nombembe had expressed disappointment over the local government audits when only 13 of South Africa’s 283 municipalities received a clean audit. He warned that the people being voted into power were not taking responsibility for their roles and it was becoming worrying for the country.

Nombembe said that leaders should conduct themselves ethically, honestly and with integrity. “Nothing can be more honourable than this tone that we have to exhibit as leaders … so that at no stage we have a situation that says do as I say, but not as I do,” he said.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was also present at the conference and spoke out on leadership in the country. He said that public representatives need to be more accessible and the service delivery protests could be lessened by empowering citizens.

Salga deputy chairman Mpho Nawa said the association would now be working hard to reverse the perceptions that local public representatives were “corrupt and lazy”.


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