n Local Government Bulletin - Councillors can have their say
|Article Title||Councillors can have their say|
|© Publisher:||Dullah Omar Institute|
|Journal||Local Government Bulletin|
|Author||Jaap De Visser and Reuben Baatjies|
|Publication Date||Mar 2006|
|Pages||12 - 13|
Extracted from text ... LOCAL GOVERNMENT BULLETIN 12 Councillors can have their say IMMUNITY IN COUNCIL For a democracy to be vibrant, councillors must have the freedom to speak their minds in council. This freedom is protected by the Constitution and the Municipal Structures Act, which grants councillors immunity against civil and criminal liability for anything they say in council. ? The purpose of immunity is to encourage open debate in the process of decision-making. ? The nature of the resolution is not important for the question of whether or not participating councillors are protected by immunity. ? Councillors who participate in decisions ..
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