n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - South Africa’s decentralization problems of citizenry participatory democracy in local municipality development

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534



Public participation has been viewed as a method for strengthening local governance at the grassroots level of administration through an inclusive democracy and as an imperative portion of unprejudiced administration. Information sharing in administration is the foundation of continuous participatory procedures seen as the facilitators of aggregate insight and comprehensiveness, which are formed by the longing for the participation of the entire group or society. Using documentary method of analysis with empirical observations in the selected local municipalities in South Africa, this paper provides an insight into community and public participation in South Africa‘s local municipality. It further looks at the significance of public participation in governance and decision-making at the local level, the relevance of South Africa‘s decentralization of municipalities for local development and the effect. This paper concludes that public cooperation and participation in local government administration is a two-way imperative embracing and setting obligations for both local government authorities and the general public with persuasive communication, and a community critical thinking system, with the objective of accomplishing better governance for effective service delivery at the grassroots level. Using a content data analysis, it therefore recommended that, IDP as a process must democratically engage the public, in the assessment of current social, economic and environmental reality with the municipality..

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