One approach to get more assistance to ward councilors, who have borne the brunt of the frustrations, is to offer them stipends and reshape ward committees to include civil society groups and sectors such as churches, local business and sports bodies.
This is according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim.
Carrim, delivering a public lecture hosted by the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management and The Weekender, conceded there is a growing disconnect between government and people.
“The rage and propensity for such wanton destruction suggests fundamental alienation from the government, and the blame cannot only be laid at the door of councillors,” argues Carrim.
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