Living in contested spaces: The role of factionalism in local government (Isandla Institute Policy Brief)


Isandla Institute hosted a Roundtable dialogue in December 2011 to deliberate on the interface between communities, the local state and political parties, and in particular, to discuss how local politics and factionalism affect local government and impact on or hinder municipal service delivery. While recent legislation (Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act, 2011) was passed to address the professionalisation of local government, a critical question underpinning the Roundtable was what other measures need to be put in place to avoid any undue encroachment of 'the political' onto administrative matters.

This policy brief was prepared by Isandla Institute to inform the deliberations during the Roundtable.

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