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High level of illiteracy among KwaZulu-Natal councillors is shocking

The FF Plus views the high level of illiteracy among KwaZulu Natal (KZN) councillors as shocking. It inadvertently raises the question of whether these councillors are truly able to make a positive contribution to service delivery in the province.

KZN's Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) conducted an expertise audit of 54 municipal councils and found that 300 councillors in KwaZulu Natal are completely illiterate, utterly unable to read or write.

In addition, only 34% of councillors have just one year of working experience.

The FF Plus is convinced that these councillors are not up to the complex task of comprehending the municipal context and all the relevant legislation and regulations, and are, thus, not able to ensure proper service delivery or hold the ruling party accountable in city councils.

Clearly, minimum requirements are needed for councillors to ensure that elected councillors are able to do their job so that service delivery can take place and taxpayers' money is not wasted.

The FF Plus has strict requirements for the selection of candidates that the party puts up for election as council members.

The FF Plus will engage with KZN's COGTA to determine how best to address the problem.

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