THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED AT A MEDIA BRIEFING IN THE HCM COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON TUESDAY:
At the Hibiscus Coast Municipality’s monthly Council meeting, the municipal leadership decided on the establishment of an Ethics Committee which will ensure compliance with the code of conduct as set out in Schedule 1 of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.
The establishment of this committee follows a presentation made to the Executive Committee last month whereby the terms of reference where presented for comments. These terms of reference are inclusive of legislative framework to be followed, powers and functions of the committee, rules of order, membership, investigation procedures, chairing, quorum and decision making.
The Ethics Committee will also be responsible for investigating and making findings on any breach of the code of conduct and submit appropriate recommendations to Council amongst other things.
In terms of the terms of reference, any person or body may submit a written complaint to the Office of the Speaker concerning non-compliance with the provision of the Code by a member; whereupon investigation procedures will be instituted.
The Committee will resume its duties with effect from today and councillors serving on the committee are appointed for a term which corresponds to the term of the sitting municipal council.
It shall comprise of five (5) members from various political parties which are represented in the municipal council; namely three (3) from African National Congress, one (1) from Democratic Alliance and one (1) from Inkatha Freedom Party.
Council did not approve the Ethics Committee only for the sake of the Code of Conduct, but it is also to ensure practices of good governance are adhered to in line with the Batho-Pele principles.
EDITOR’S NOTE: VIDEO COVERAGE OF THE BRIEFING IS BEING PROCESSED AT THE MOMENT