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SAHRC wants review of qualifications for mayors

04 Mar 2023

SAHRC wants review of qualifications for mayors Phathu Luvhengo Minimum education qualifications for public office holders such as mayors and councillors should be reviewed to ensure capable and qualified people in these positions. This is one of the recommendations made by the SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC in its report on improving local government "Inevitably, such an approach may have implications for democratic participation as some people may be barred from contesting certain offices," the report said.
"However, the lack of minimum qualifications for public officials means critical officials in decisionmaking positions cannot meaningfully perform their duties. "The introduction of minimum educational requirements would not be unique to SA as other jurisdictions have similar requirements for public officials." Other recommendations include a review of the local government model to address service delivery and poor governance challenges. The report also called for budget increments to focus on proper functioning of a municipality rather than an automatic increment The commission advised the government to foster community participation, use community media in the empowerment of communities, and ensure the national and provincial government played its oversight and support role in local government The release of the report follows a national conference on local government accountability, service delivery and human rights last year.

Source: TimesLIVE

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