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Title:Local government boundary demarcation: the case of the Western Cape Metropolitan Area substructures
Author:Cameron, RobertISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
local government
Abstract:South Africa's fledgling democracy is two years old. One of the most bitter constitutional conflicts which has emerged so far has been the demarcation dispute around the Western Cape Metropolitan Area substructures, in particular the dispute around the demarcation option of Khayelitsha, a poor black township located southeast of Cape Town. This dispute was between the ANC-dominated Government of National Union and the National Party (NP)-controlled Western Cape Provincial government. The present paper analyses this demarcation dispute. It begins with a brief profile of local government dynamics in the Western Cape Metropolitan Area. This is followed by a discussion of the role of Provincial Demarcation Boards, an evaluation of the demarcation process, and a description of how the Board reached its final decision. The NP response to the Board's report, which eventually culminated in the constitutional conflict between the ANC and the NP, is also examined, as is the final Electoral Court decision. The outcome of the dispute was that Khayelitsha was amalgamated with the (white) Tygerberg substructure, an option the NP had for long vehemently rejected. Ann., bibliogr., note, sum.