Should Municipalities Account to the Legislature? Issues of Parliamentary Oversight and Service Delivery

Journal of Public Administration 47:344-354, March 2012

227 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2012 Last revised: 10 Dec 2012

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Kgabo Masehela

Limpopo Legislature

M Mamogale

Limpopo Legislature

Rudzani Makhado

Limpopo Legislature

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

A municipality is an autonomous sphere of government, and the Constitution of South Africa (1996) provides that all spheres of government must exercise their powers and perform their functions in a manner that does not encroach on the geographical, functional or institutional integrity of government in another sphere. These constitutional provisions largely protect the autonomy of the municipal council from encroachment by any other sphere of government. Furthermore, the Constitution explicitly assigns an oversight and policy-making role to municipal councils. But, municipalities receive ‘support’ and funding from the provincial fiscus. Because of this, should municipalities not account to the provincial legislature? This article engages this question by raising issues of parliamentary oversight and service delivery as they relate to the accountability system of the local sphere of government in South Africa.

Keywords: municipality, oversight, accountability, legislature

JEL Classification: G31, G30, G32, G34, G38, H50, H51, H52, H53, H54, H55, H56, H57, H58, H59

Suggested Citation

Masehela, Kgabo and Mamogale, M and Makhado, Rudzani, Should Municipalities Account to the Legislature? Issues of Parliamentary Oversight and Service Delivery (2012). Journal of Public Administration 47:344-354, March 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2186347

Kgabo Masehela

Limpopo Legislature

P/Bag x9309
Polokwane, Limpopo 0700
South Africa

M Mamogale

Limpopo Legislature

P/Bag x9309
Polokwane, Limpopo 0700
South Africa

Rudzani Makhado (Contact Author)

Limpopo Legislature ( email )

P/Bag x9309
Polokwane, Limpopo 0700
South Africa

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