Cllr Nokuzola Patience Mlahleki
Secretary to the Chief Whip
The new system of local government represents a paradigm shift from the old system since it incorporates a vision of a developmental local government system.
The Office of the Chief Whip was established to create synergy and to maintain discipline among Councillors from various Political Parties. The role of the Chief Whip of the Council covers both the political and administrative domains of Council with emphasis on the political aspect.
The Chief Whip has to ensure that relationships are constructive and focused on key issues that aimed at improving the lives of Amahlathi residence.
The Chief Whip further acts as a link between the Speaker, The Executive Committee and the Administration. The Chief Whip ensures that there is equitable representation in Committees of Council.
The Chief Whip of the Council also serves as the Chief Whip of the ruling party and his responsibilities include the managements of the whippery of the ANC. It is also his responsibility to chair the Caucus and ensure that members of the Party speak with one voice.
SERVICE DELIVERY FOCUS
The office of the Chief Whip is charged with the following responsibilities
The Chief Whip plays a key role in promoting good governance, he also ensures that all Committees of Council quorate through an equitable distribution of Councillors to these Committees
- Political Accountability
One of the key roles of the Chief Whip is to ensure that all Councillors are accountable to Wards and their Political Parties
- Conflict Resolution
The Chief Whip on a continuous basis is called to intervene in disputes between Communities and Councillors
- Council Decision Making
The Chief Whip plays a key role in facilitating consensus between Communities and Councillors
- Discipline of Councillors
The Chief Whip and the Speaker of the Council have a co responsibility to ensure adherence to the code of conduct by Councillors
- Caucus and Constituency Support
The Chief Whip of the Council ensures that all Councillors do their work and that the necessary resources are provided through the Constituency Fund.