Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)
Chapter 7 : Local Government
151. Status of municipalities
|(1)||The local sphere of government consists of municipalities, which must be established for the whole of the territory of the Republic.|
|(2)||The executive and legislative authority of a municipality is vested in its Municipal Council.|
|(3)||A municipality has the right to govern, on its own initiative, the local government affairs of its community, subject to national and provincial legislation, as provided for in the Constitution.|
|(4)||The national or a provincial government may not compromise or impede a municipality's ability or right to exercise its powers or perform its functions.|
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