n Local Government Bulletin - From the courts : councillors' individual liability




The Speaker had to be compelled by the High Court to convene the meeting as required in terms of the Municipal Structures Act. The Court ordered the Speaker to pay personally for the costs of this application. However, when the meeting eventually took place, there was a dispute as to who were the legitimate representatives of the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality. At the meeting, the Speaker of the district council made a ruling on the composition of the delegation. The ruling was politically expedient and contrary to the Municipal Structures Act. It was, in the words of the Court, "misguided and illadvised". Nevertheless, the meeting continued.


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