Access to basic services, such as water, sanitation, and housing, are the fundamental building blocks to an improved quality of life.
Yet when it comes to access, almost 20 million people do not have access to safe, sufficient, reliable water and 14 million people to basic sanitation.
Further, the current housing backlog is now greater than it was in 1994. This means that South Africa has a backlog of up to 3.7 million households, growing at a rate of 178,000 a year, leaving people with limited options to access adequate housing.
In recent times, the standard and quality of basic service delivery across the country has been weakened by corruption and the mismanagement of public funds. In 2018/2019, 3 municipalities alone had 6 material irregularities amounting to R3 billion known and R22 billion estimated financial loss. At least 87 municipalities have been identified as distressed or dysfunctional.
With the upcoming local government elections, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard.
As the body overseeing municipalities, join us in calling on the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to ensure that all municipalities fulfill their constitutional mandate to provide basic services to everyone in South Africa by prioritising:
Accountability: To commitments made at all levels of local government to ensure the equitable delivery of basic services. This includes monitoring the progress of municipalities in reaching service delivery goals by being responsive to the needs of communities, creating opportunities for active community participation and providing services in a timely, progressive and sustainable manner.
Transparency: To ensure there is evident accountability for the abuse of power and the mismanagement of public funds at all levels of local government during the pandemic and going forward. This includes prioritising reforms that improve financial management systems; hiring skilled personnel; ending impunity for crimes of corruption; promoting good governance and access to information, particularly when it comes to decision making.
Access to information: To ensure that municipalities adhere to the legal requirement to consult with communities and provide information and feedback on budget and plans. This includes running robust awareness campaigns on accessible platforms that promote the active participation of communities.
Take action and demand #DignityNow!
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