Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
8 Nov 2021
5:45 am

Qualifications for councillors or political office holders not law

Reitumetse Makwea

However, Salga previously revealed that about 62% of councillors lacked basic computer skills to perform tasks such as passing municipal budgets.

A Local Government Association (Salga) spokesperson Tebogo Mosala. Picture: Twitter

Although there is no legal requirement for publicly elected political office holders to hold certain qualifications for their positions, it would help a great deal if they understood ethics, public service and had some courses in public policy, according to experts. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said it would help to have people with qualifications as councillors and mayors, who have some level of technical competence. “However, we need to understand those people are publicly elected officials, there is no legal requirement. It would just be better if they knew what they were doing,” Mathekga said. He said if these municipalities...