Through you, Deputy Speaker, I would like to ask the Deputy Minister the following.
Hon Deputy Minister, the problem that we are facing in local government is that the functionality and service delivery that we expect from that sphere of government are critical for a peaceful South Africa and its future. I think we all agree that that is the case, and we therefore commend you for the steps taken to improve that professionalism.
I just need clarity in respect of when the department is approached for a request to extend the period of compliance. Is it before or after such a decision has been taken by the council? This is because for councils to comply with everything - Treasury regulations and Minister's regulations in terms of local governance and co-operative governance - it is important for them to understand that they should first get permission before they take unlawful decisions.
Would you support a suggestion that councillors who pass unlawful decisions should be held personally liable for such decisions if they absolutely fly in the face of all measures that you institute to ensure accountable government? Thank you. [Time expired.]