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GGA’s Mbanyele tackles collapsed municipal governance ahead of elections

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GGA’s Stuart Mbanyele has highlighted how the effectiveness of government in resolving challenges currently faced by municipalities is at stake, as the local government elections are approaching.

On Tuesday, 21 September 2021, Good Governance Africa (GGA) issued an article by junior researcher, Stuart Mbanyele on the upcoming local government elections. Mbanyele explored the key issues, role players and dynamics in the run up to the elections, as government’s resolutions to challenges in municipalities is at stake.

Mbanyele noted how the local political economy of South Africa’s municipalities has been shaky for the longest time, with conditions having worsened over the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also noted that the more recent July 2021 crisis of violent lootings of some municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng also contributed to the current conditions.

Mbanyele also highlighted that with elections set to take place on Monday, 1 November 2021, the country has grappled with pressing challenges to governance at all levels. Moreover, the consequences of these challenges are most apparent at the local level, with municipalities operating in a state of perpetual decline.

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What factors has Mbanyele identified as contributors to municipal maladministration?

Mbanyele identified perennial issues such as corruption leading to a lack of responsiveness, and a decline in the quality of service delivery. He also noted how this has been reflected in increased frequency of court cases and municipal protests.

How does Mbanyele believe COVID-19 impacted political parties and local governance?

According to Mbanyele, the state of disaster regulations impacted opportunities for public political participation and engagement. Political parties were limited from traditional modes of campaigning and engaging with electorates through rallies, door-to-door visits, as well as other forums.

How does Mbanyele believe the July unrest impacted the country?

Mbanyele stated that whatever the political and economic causes of the July unrest, it brought about disruption of all important local economies and closures of businesses, while putting pressure on municipal revenue affecting the delivery of quality service.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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