What Lies Behind the 'Dysfunction' of South Africa's Local Govt?

In his budget speech in Parliament, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said that 87 municipalities - about a third of South Africa's total of 257 - "remain dysfunctional or distressed". Whatever the causes of the dire state some municipalities are in, it is evident that this situation has a huge negative impact on society, writes Dirk Brand for The Conversation.

Uncollected rubbish in Diepsloot (file photo).


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