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Title:Transcending Traditional Forms of Governance: Prospects for Cooperative Governance and Service Delivery in Durban's Tribal Authority Areas
Authors:Khan, SultanISNI
Lootvoet, Benoît
Vawda, ShahidISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
local government
public services
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v062/62.1khan.pdf
Abstract:As South Africa enters its second decade of democracy, the question of the traditional authorities and their role in cooperative governance still remains unresolved. On the basis of research and interviews conducted between 2000 and 2003 in eThekwini metropolitan municipality (Durban metro), this paper examines the extent to which traditional leaders can play a role in service delivery. Following a brief overview of traditional leadership and local governance in South Africa, the paper discusses the transformation of this system and its structure as it exists today, as well as the impact of the redemarcation of geographical boundaries. Emerging leadership patterns within the metropolitan tribal authority areas and implications for governance and service delivery are also examined. The paper concludes that total annihilation of traditional leadership can adversely affect the State's attempts at coopting this institution, but the extent to which the State can woo and sustain the commitment of traditional leaders in matters of service delivery will be dependent on the maturing of a new relationship conducted on principles of cooperative governance. In the case of eThekwini, it is clear that traditional leaders vary in the way in which they engage in governance and service delivery matters at a local level. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]