n Local Government Bulletin - Holding the municipal executive to account

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-901X



The accountablility of the executive to the council is a cardinal principle of good governance. Information flow is essential to holding it accountable for its decisions and performance in delivering services and meeting locally prioritised outcomes. A prerequisite for information flow is transparency in the manner in which the executive carries out its tasks, and this begs the question: are there fault lines in the design of the local government system that have given rise to a lack of accountability and responsiveness?

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