JZ calls for service delivery summit

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday proposed a summit between municipalities and traditional leaders to carve a strategy to improve service delivery.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday proposed a summit between municipalities and traditional leaders to carve a strategy to improve service delivery.

"We have developed a local government turn-around strategy to intervene in development and service delivery processes," Zuma told the national House of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria.

"The turn-around strategy will be implemented together with this leadership (traditional leaders) and regular feedback and engagement meetings will take place on this matter," he said.

Zuma was attending a debate on his State of the Nation address with traditional leaders. "I propose that a summit be held soon involving traditional leaders and municipalities."

Earlier, Kgoshigadi Mothapo told Zuma that government had sidelined traditional chiefs and communities in the hosting of the Fifa World Cup.

In response, Zuma said the chairperson of the national House of Traditional Leaders, Khosi Kutama, was made a member of one of the host cities forum. This, he said was testament that government was committed to traditional leaders during the World Cup.

In his response to a comment made by Inkosi Mahlalela (Mlabo II) that government did not support the traditional leadership, he said there were interventions being made. - Sapa

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