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Factors impeding the implementation of oversight mechanisms in South African municipalities

Lebohang Moji, Norman T. Nhede, Tyanai Masiya
Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation | Vol 3 | a94 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jolgri.v3i0.94 | © 2022 Lebohang Moji, Norman T. Nhede, Tyanai Masiya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 July 2022 | Published: 13 December 2022

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Lebohang Moji, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Norman T. Nhede, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Tyanai Masiya, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Many developing countries are experiencing many financial management and control challenges such as corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds. In South Africa, municipalities are among the most affected public institutions.

Aim: This article investigated factors impeding the successful implementation of oversight mechanisms meant to promote accountability, with specific reference to South African municipalities.

Methods: A qualitative research methodology approach was used, and an extensive review of literature and key policy documents and reports was conducted.

Results: The findings revealed the following factors as impeding the implementation of oversight mechanisms in South African municipalities: ineffective internal control tracking, Auditor General’s limitations to regularly make progress checks on recommendations made, nepotism in municipal appointments, futile audit committees and management’s inability to enforce consequences.

Conclusion: In the process, this article recommended that municipalities should adopt a radical metamorphosis through greater accountability measures, strengthened monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and improved leadership and accountability.

Contribution: This article proposed options for improving the effectiveness of oversight mechanisms at local spheres of government in developing nations such as South Africa. Furthermore, in general, this article contributed to literature on local government oversight mechanisms and local government performance in South Africa.


Keywords

Oversight; internal control; accountability; leadership; municipalities; Auditor General.

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