n IMFO : Official Journal of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers - Comment on the seventeenth Draft Amendment Bill (General Notice 869 of 2009)

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1607-520X



The proposed amendment ignores the Constitutional design, erodes provincial authority, circumvents constitutional processes, ignores the mechanisms for conflict resolution and co-operation contained in the Constitution and in fact seeks to set up a mechanism to allow national government to bypass provincial governments and intervene at will in the affairs of local government. The end result of such a scheme will be to the detriment of provincial governments who will eventually lose their reason for existence. It is all the more remarkable that the amendment seeks to allow this intervention whilst still maintaining "municipal accountability to its community in respect of the function concerned." The Institute of Municipal Finance Officers has, however, limited the discussion to technical matters. Please feel free to contact the Institute should any clarity be required.

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