n Journal of Public Administration - The role of municipal councillors and traditional leaders in service delivery : the case of Thulamela Local Municipality

Volume 49, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Cooperation between municipalities and traditional leaders is a challenge. This contributes to lack of service delivery. Local government is a democratically elected institution that has legitimate powers to handle issues relating to the delivery of services, which involves public monies. Traditional leaders' responsibilities should, therefore, solely be for issues of tradition and custom, as they are custodians of culture and tradition. This, however, is not sufficient to traditional leaders as they have vast areas of land and subjects under their leadership. It is therefore important for both institutions to find an amicable solution to this so that there is cooperation for the benefit of service delivery in the community. This article looks at the viability of co-operation in developing areas that fall under traditional leaders, whether traditional leaders are satisfied with the roles and functions as provided for by the , 2003 (Act 41 of 2003). It also focuses on the possibility of creating a forum that traditional leaders and municipal governments can use to iron out their differences.

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