Chairperson of the House, the ANC rises to support the Budget Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Co- operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Strengthening co-operative governance and integrated planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring is one of the ANC's apex priorities for the sixth administration.
Our people have spoken and called on government to move faster in service delivery. Cogta therefore plays a critical role in overseeing and promoting co-operative governance within the state. The department has achieved a clean audit for the financial year under review.
In supporting this budget, the ANC reiterates that Cogta should develop mechanisms to ensure that there are consequences for inadequately explained failures to
adhere to the prescribed timeframes for the tabling of the annual reports.
This call also includes that the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities should improve the implementation of the post-audit action plan to prevent stagnation of the audit opinion.
We urge the department to address the human resource capacity to respond to the increased demand for the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. The ANC notes and congratulates the Municipal Demarcation Board, MDB, and the Municipal Infrastructure Support Service Agent, Misa, for obtaining clean audits for the first time since establishment.
The ANC further appreciates SA Local Government Association, Salga, and the Department of Traditional Affairs for sustaining their clean audits and for quality of the information presented to the committee. [Time
expired.] The ANC supports this BRR report. Thank you. [Applause.]
Question put: On the motion that the report be adopted.
Motion agreed to (Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Freedom Front Plus and African Christian Democratic Party dissenting).
Report accordingly adopted.