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

Chapter 2 : Legal Nature and Rights and Duties of Municipalities

3. Co-operative government

 

 

1) Municipalities must exercise their executive and legislative authority within the constitutional system of co-operative government envisaged in section 41 of the Constitution.

 

2) The national and provincial spheres of government must, within the constitutional system of co-operative government envisaged in section 41 of the Constitution, exercise their executive and legislative authority in a manner that does not compromise or impede a municipality’s ability or right to exercise its executive and legislative authority.

 

3) For the purpose of effective co-operative government, organised local government must seek to-
a) develop common approaches for local government as a distinct sphere of government;
b) enhance co-operation. mutual assistance and sharing of resources among municipalities;
c) find solutions for problems relating to local government generally; and
d) facilitate compliance with the principles of co-operative government and intergovernmental relations.