n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The state acts in many respects like a living organism. It is created, develops, matures and in some cases even ceases to exist. Like an organism, a state comprises various components with different functions. The , 1996 even defines an organ of state in section 239. However, it is important to note that the organs of government are established, in most cases through the relevant constitution. Functions and powers are assigned to each organ and checks and balances are established to ensure that each organ performs in accordance with the constitution. In the case of South Africa, chapter 10 of the Constitution establishes a number of bodies to guarantee that democracy is promoted and to ensure that the Preamble to the Constitution is honoured. Political office bearers and appointed officials responsible for the governing and the administrative functions are assigned duties to acknowledge society's value system.

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