Good governance at local government is one of the three campaigns for the Justice and Peace ministry in the 2015-2017 project cycle. During this campaign, the Justice and Peace ministry, together with civil society organisations, aims to hold local councillors accountable in the development and the implementation of local government’s integrated development plans (IDP) and to increase public participation in the IDP processes.
On 14 February, 23 Justice and Peace members representing 10 parishes – Holy Trinity – Braamfontein; Cathedral of Christ the King; Regina Mundi – Moroka; St Theresa – Zondi; St Salvador – Leondale; Our lady of Mount Carmel – Thokoza; St James – Magaliesburg; St John – Northriding; and St Augustine – Orange Farm Ext 2 – attended a capacity-building workshop on local government the IDP processes and public participation.
Participants gained knowledge on what the local municipality/local government is; the legislative framework of local government; key local government processes such as elections, the IDPs themselves; municipal budgets; and role players in local government.
Until 7 June J&P groups embarking on the good governance campaign will conduct baseline studies in their respective municipal wards to assess current levels of accountability by ward councillors, and the level community participation in local government processes such as IDP processes.
Brian Mooi (J&P fieldworker for the Soweto, West and Central deaneries)