The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is deeply concerned that the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Petitions Committee has only managed to process 19% of the petitions received from members of the public.
This information was revealed in the third quarter report for the GPL. According to the report out of the 80 submissions received only 16 were processed.
This is worrying as it means that the Petitions Committee is failing to meet its obligation in ensuring that there is public participation when it comes to dealing with the issue of service delivery.
This committee plays an important role in ensuring that the Gauteng residents’ concerns around service delivery issues are heard and attended to by the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).
It is high time that this committee put in place a clear plan to deal with the backlog of petitions received from the residents of Gauteng to ensure a participatory democracy.
The DA will be closely monitoring the progress of this committee in dealing with petitions to ensure that there are no more backlogs.