Law amending local government law welcomed

The Cabinet welcomed the enactment of the Municipal Local Government Systems Amendment Act by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Bill repeals the Amendment Act and has been properly labeled as a Section 76 Bill. The Bill was approved by Parliament on May 3, 2022 with further amendments following process public participation programs at the national and provincial levels.

Following its meeting on Wednesday, the Cabinet said in a statement that it was confident the changes would ensure that those appointed or elected to these positions will be able to deliver on their promises so that we can achieve a lifetime better for all.

The law aims to improve the capacity and ethical standards of local authorities. The Act is part of the government’s efforts to professionalise the civil service and ensure the sustainable delivery of services to the people, as a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.

The Act specifies the processes to be followed for appointments to senior positions. It now prevents senior civil servants from exercising political functions in political parties. Additionally, with the implementation of this law, city manager vacancies would have to be advertised nationally to attract a large pool of suitable candidates.