What is the Council?
The local sphere of government consists of municipalities throughout South Africa. In these municipalities the executive and legislative authority of a municipality is vested in its Municipal Council.
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.
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.
The Chief Albert Luthuli Municipal Council, led by the Executive Mayor Cllr DP Nkosi, is divided in the Mayoral Committee, The Ward Councillors and The Proportional Representive Councillors with a Speaker and Chief Whip.
The Executive Mayor is the first citizen of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality and has the overall political responsibility for the local municipality. The Executive Mayor represents the face of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality and is responsible for managing all its affairs. This is a mammoth task in a municipality with 187 629 citizens.
The Mayoral Committee was set up to assist the Executive Mayor.
Acting as a local cabinet, the Mayoral Committee is made up of 5 members, including the Executive Mayor, who is also its chairperson. The Executive Mayor designates the roles of each MMC or Member of the Mayoral Committee.
Ward Councilors are members directly elected by the public during the local government elections, representing their area of demarcation. A ward councilor’s primary role is to represent their ward or division and the people who live in it. Councilors provide a bridge between the community and the council. … communicate council decisions that affect them. They are predominantly tasked with ensuring the delivery of services as per the mandate of the ruling government of the day.
Proportional Representative Councillors
In the Local Government Landscape, the proportional system of representation constitutes 1 half of the electorate system. One of the two ways one can hold a councilor seat in a municipality is by being elected a ward councilor. The other is by being elected through a proportional representation process based on the number of votes a political party receives. A PR councilor is chosen based on this number of votes a political party gets in an election. All PR votes for a political party will then be allocated proportionally. This means that if party X gets 10 percent of all the PR votes cast in a municipality, party X will hold 10 percent of the seats in Council.