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Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000)

Chapter 4 : Community Participation

20. Admission of public to meetings

 

 

1) Meetings of a municipal council and those of its committees are open to the public, including the media, and the council or such committee may not exclude the public, including the media, from a meeting, except when-
a) it is reasonable to do so having regard to the nature of the business being transacted; and
b) a by-law or a resolution of the council specifying the circumstances in which the council or such committee may close a meeting and which complies with paragraph (a), authorises the council or such committee to close the meeting to the public.

 

2) A municipal council, or a committee of the council, may not exclude the public including the media, when considering or voting on any of the following matters:
a) A draft by-law tabled in the council;
b) a budget tabled in the council;
c) the municipality’s draft integrated development plan, or any amendment of the plan, tabled in the council;
d) the municipality’s draft performance management system, or any amendment of the system, tabled in the council;
e) the decision to enter into a service delivery agreement referred to in section 76(b); or
f) any other matter prescribed by regulation.

 

3) An executive committee mentioned in section 42 of the Municipal Structures Act and a mayoral committee mentioned in section 60 of that Act may, subject to subsection (1)(a), close any or all of its meetings to the public, including the media.

 

4) A municipal counciI-
a) within the financial and administrative capacity of the municipality, must provide space for the public in the chambers and places where the council and its committees meet: and
b) may take reasonable steps to regulate public access to, and public conduct at meetings of the council and its committees.