n Local Government Bulletin - Applying the new Section 139 intervention powers : issues arising from practice

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-901X



Section 139 of the onstitution permits a provincial government to intervene in the affairs of a municipality under certain specified circumstances of non-performance. Such an intervention has serious consequences for the municipal council's authority to govern. In 2003, provincial government's intervention powers were increased significantly (see LG Bulletin 2003(2) 5-7). Most importantly, the revised wording allows for the dissolution of a council and for interventions in the event of so-called 'financial emergencies'.

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