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SALGA to present comments to the COGTA portfolio committee on the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill in Parliament




Posted: 26 February 2020

The Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs hearings on the Municipal Systems Amendment Bill are scheduled to take place over the next two days in Parliament. SALGA has prepared itself to present its comments to the committee on behalf of municipalities. Our input to the Portfolio Committee is comprised of comments gathered from our members when the Systems Amendment Bill was considered in the years 2010 and 2011, followed by additional comments obtained from the Governance Working Group and the 2019 Provincial Members Assemblies.

The basis of our input is to advocate to move for the adoption of the key principles concerning the Professionalisation of local government and action that should be taken to limit political interference in municipalities. We will also advance a strong view for the retention and protection of the principles of the distinct nature of the local sphere of government, with the constitutional right to govern, on its own initiative, its affairs.

The current Amendment Bill goes to the epicenter of local government’s institutional integrity and with our experience with the implementation of the 2011 Municipal Systems Amendment Act we have observed the disregard of the constitutional principle that the three spheres of government exercise their powers and functions without encroaching on the geographical, functional and institutional integrity of another sphere. The hearings are set to conclude tomorrow and the detailed presentation will be circulated then.

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