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R2K calls for ward councillors to be accountable to communities

R2K's Noncedo Kheswa says the pledge is a sign of the councillor's commitment to transparency and democracy.

FILE: Supporters of various political parties during a special 702 elections broadcast in Eldorado Park on 13 July 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Right To Know (R2K) campaign says it's the duty of ward councillors to be accountable to the communities they're serving.

Yesterday the group, in partnership with various other community organisations, campaigned in different parts of the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to get local ward councillor candidates to sign an accountability pledge.

The pledge states the councillor agrees to be recalled by the community should they fail to live up to their promises after Election Day.

R2K's Noncedo Kheswa says the pledge is a sign of the councillor's commitment to transparency and democracy.

"It's a promise that he made as a candidate the he is going to fulfil. If he doesn't fulfil it we have the right to recall and we will write a pledge… we are sick and tired of the promises that are not fulfilled."