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Ward committee challenges in South Africa’s Local Municipalities: functions and dysfunctions

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dc.contributor.author Sekgala, M. P.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-26T08:11:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-26T08:11:22Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10386/1816
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), local municipalities have established ward committees as a means of involving stakeholder communities in public affairs. Community participation is firmly entrenched as a pillar of local government in a democratic South Africa. Municipalities are encouraged to work with people in order that they may not seek to be passive beneficiaries; and, the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998) provides for the modus operandi for the creation of ward committees. As platform for public participation, ward committees are expected to facilitate communication between municipalities and communities as well as enhance participatory democracy at local level through decision-making processes. In reality, though, ward committee have faced teething challenges, especially in respect of influencing the decision-making processes. This article examines the functions and dysfunctions of ward committees precipitated by the prevalent challenges in the municipal decision-making processes. The article concludes that the challenges faced by the ward committees are associated with the existing local municipal governance. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Public Administration and Development Alternatives (JPADA) en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Ward Committees en_US
dc.subject Ward Councillors en_US
dc.subject Municipalities en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Municipal Councils en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Municipal government -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Local government -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh City council members -- South Africa en_US
dc.title Ward committee challenges in South Africa’s Local Municipalities: functions and dysfunctions en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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