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Title:Traditional leadership and local governments in South Africa: shared governance is possible
Authors:Lutabingwa, J.ISNI
Sabela, T.
Mbatha, J.S.
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
local councils
rural development
Abstract:Postapartheid South Africa embarked on a democratization project that included significant local government reforms. The developmental local government introduced a new concept of elected local leadership and an emphasis on improving the quality of life of previously disadvantaged communities, including areas under traditional leaders. Traditional leaders felt that the Constitution left them out of what were traditionally their responsibilities. This ignited a contentious debate on the proper role of traditional leaders in the framework of developmental local government. The present article argues that shared local governance is possible and, in fact, desirable if local governments in South Africa have to deliver public services in rural areas with a strong presence of local leadership. Case studies of Mbonambi and eThekwini municipalities provide contrasting approaches that may serve as best practice on how municipalities and traditional leaders can work cooperatively to address development issues. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]