MEC and Mayor conduct oversight visit

MEC Mme Nandi Ndalane (right) cracks a joke with Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope at the Beit Bridge port of entryMEC Mme Nandi Ndalane (right) cracks a joke with Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope at the Beit Bridge port of entry

The MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Mme Nandi Ndalane, together with Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope recently conducted an oversight visit at the Beit Bridge border post. MEC Ndalane said it was important to visit the border post to be able to personally experience the level of service delivery.

She said: “As government, we have the power to conduct oversight of all organs of state to make sure that our people are serviced satisfactorily. We should always remind one another that oversight is a function granted by the Constitution to monitor and oversee government actions. The true test of democracy is the extent to which we can ensure that government remains answerable to the people.”

She said key points like the Beit Bridge port of entry needs to be monitored closely to make sure that travelers get the best possible services from government officials. “By overseeing the actions of government employees, we are able to ensure that service delivery takes place and people are benefiting from government services. Visits of this nature also help us to detect and prevent abuse of state resources. It will also prevent illegal and unconstitutional conduct on the part of the government employees. More importantly, this visit will help to hold the government answerable for how taxpayers’ money is spent and to make government operations more transparent and increase public trust in the government.”

Mayor Muhlope said she believes that the oversight visit will yield positive results as far as service delivery is concerned. “This visit intensifies the need for us as principals to be personally kept informed of the business of government. The success thereof requires that we extend our involvement beyond the mere scrutiny of reports. As a provincial growth point and home of the Special Economic Zone, Musina needs more support from government leaders and we are happy that today’s oversight visit is the testimony thereof.”

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