10-22495_jgr_v3_i4_c1_p2.pdf - Journal of Governance and Regulation Volume 3 Issue 4 2014 Continued 1 CORPORATE MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE FOR EFFECTIVE AND

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Journal of Governance and Regulation / Volume 3, Issue 4, 2014, Continued - 1 98 CORPORATE MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE FOR EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN SOUTH AFRICA Paulin Mbecke * Abstract This research acknowledges the current service delivery chaos manifested through numerous protests justifying the weakness of the “Batho Pele” good governance principles to facilitate, improve and sustain service delivery by local governments. The success of corporate governance in corporate companies and state owned enterprises is recognised prompting suggestions that local governments should too adopt corporate governance principles or King III to be effective. The research reviews the King III and literature to ascertain the lack of research on corporate governance in local governments in South Africa. Considering the particular set-up of local governments, the research doubts the successful application of King III in local governments. Through critical research theory, the current service delivery crisis in local governments in South Africa is described. The success of corporate governance systems in the United Kingdom and Australian local governments justify the need for a separate corporate municipal governance system as a solution to the crisis. A specific change of legislation and corporate governance guidelines is necessary to address the uniqueness of local governments. Hence, corporate municipal governance should be compulsory and based on ten standardised good governance principles via a code of corporate governance and a corporate governance framework responding to specific prerequisites for success. Keywords: Corporate Governance, Service Delivery, Local Government, Good Governance, King III * Department of Public Administration and Management, College of Economic & Management Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA) Tel. +27 12 429 2108 E-mail: [email protected] Introduction Have you had to live in a two-bedroomed home with 20 people? Have you been ignored and insulted not once but on many occasions by the very people supposed to be helping you? ” These words are from irritated service delivery protesters as reported by Kamcilla Pillay on 24 July 2012. The South African media has been inundated with front page titles on service delivery such as: “Rebellion of the poor: South Africa’s service delivery protests a preliminary analysis ”, “A State of Deep Crisis in South Africa's Local Government ”, “Rebellions of the poor, by the poor, for the poor ”, “Resident protest over lack of housing” and many more. These protests are caused by frustrations of the people for poor or no provision of public services by local governments in South Africa. The role of local government as the focal point of public service delivery is undeniable. Yet, some of the limiting factors of service delivery are related to the interference of politicians in the running of municipalities. Aminuzzaman (2010), cited by Makanyeza, Kwandayi and Ikobe (2013), argues that
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