Over 15 million potential voters did not vote in the South African local government elections when the voters roll is compared to population estimates.
South Africa’s Local Government’s should emulate the best practices of participatory budgeting.
Political parties have been arguing that the city they govern is the best run in South Africa. A cold hard look at available data shows that there is not much difference between Johannesburg and Cape Town, who occupy the first or second spot in most indices. There is thus no definitive answer to the question, as to which metropolitan municipal government is the best, however voters should be circumspect in assessing the claims of political parties.