CHAPTER 40:01
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

   SECTION

 

 

 

PART I
Preliminary

 

   1.   Short title

 

   2.   Interpretation

 

 

 

PART II
Establishment of Councils and Subordinate Authorities

 

   3.   Establishment of Councils

 

   4.   Council for each Administrative District

 

   5.   Restructuring of Councils

 

   6.   Councils to be bodies corporate

 

   7.   Establishment of Subordinate Authorities

 

   8.   Declaration of township

 

   9.   Conferment of city status

 

 

 

PART III
Powers and Duties of Councils

 

   10.   General duties of Council

 

   11.   Functions and general powers of Council

 

   12.   Entry into contract

 

 

 

PART IV
Constitution of Councils and Subordinate Authorities

 

   13.   Constitution of Councils and Subordinate Authorities

 

   14.   Holding of post in public service

 

   15.   Qualification for membership of Council

 

   16.   Tenure of office of members

 

   17.   Vacation of seats

 

   18.   Filling of Council vacancies

 

   19.   Swearing in of Councillors

 

   20.   Mayor or Chairperson of Council

 

   21.   Deputy Mayor or Deputy Chairperson

 

   22.   Committees

 

 

 

PART V
Proceedings of Council or Subordinate Authorities

 

   23.   Chairing of meetings

 

   24.   Quorum

 

   25.   Voting at meetings

 

   26.   Meetings of Council and Subordinate Authorities

 

   27.   Meetings to be public

 

   28.   Records to be kept

 

   29.   When records confirmed, regularity considered

 

   30.   Records open for examination

 

   31.   Joint committees of two or more Councils

 

 

 

PART VI
Privilege of Immunity

 

   32.   Immunity from legal proceedings

 

   33.   Immunity from arrest

 

   34.   Exercise of process

 

   35.   Definition

 

 

 

PART VII
Staff

 

   36.   Appointment of staff

 

   37.   Functions of Town Clerk or Council Secretary

 

   38.   Staff rules

 

 

 

PART VIII
Valuation and Rating of Properties

 

   39.   Application of this Part

 

   40.   Appointment of valuation officer

 

   41.   Establishment and constitution of Valuation Tribunal

 

   42.   Powers, functions and duties of Valuation Tribunal

 

   43.   Conflict of interest of members of Valuation Tribunal

 

 

 

PART IX
Power of Council to make Bye-laws

 

   44.   Power to make bye-laws

 

   45.   Bye-laws to be submitted to Minister

 

   46.   Miscellaneous provisions regarding bye-laws

 

   47.   Bye-laws not to override other laws

 

   48.   Minister may make model bye-laws

 

   49.   Minister may suspend bye-laws

 

   50.   Minister may make or amend bye-laws

 

   51.   Law enforcement office

 

   52.   Law enforcement officers

 

   53.   Powers of arrest

 

   54.   Powers of search, seizure and detention

 

   55.   Procedure after arrest

 

   56.   Search with warrant

 

   57.   Search without warrant in certain cases

 

   58.   Exercise of powers of search and seizure

 

   59.   Penalty for hindering or obstructing a law enforcement officer

 

   60.   Imposition and collection of fines

 

   61.   Collection of debt

 

   62.   Power to make standing orders

 

   63.   Service and user fees

 

 

 

PART X
Revenues of Councils, Accounts and Audits

 

   64.   Revenues of Councils

 

   65.   General fund

 

   66.   Bank account and investments

 

   67.   Borrowing powers

 

   68.   Performance and financial audit

 

   69.   Copies of statement and report to be supplied

 

   70.   Disallowance and surcharge

 

   71.   Financial year

 

   72.   Annual estimates

 

 

 

PART XI
Establishment of the Local Authorities Public Accounts Committee

 

   73.   Establishment of Local Authorities Public Accounts Committee

 

   74.   Functions of the Committee

 

   75.   Membership of the Committee

 

   76.   Proceedings of the Committee

 

   77.   Provision of evidence and advice

 

   78.   Auditor General and Director to attend meetings

 

   79.   Minister's report

 

 

 

PART XII
Development Committees

 

   80.   Establishment of district or urban development committees

 

   81.   Establishment of village or ward development committees

 

 

 

PART XIII
Miscellaneous

 

   82.   Power of entry

 

   83.   Execution of orders against Council

 

   84.   Recovery of Government expenditure

 

   85.   Powers to reject, vary or amend a resolution

 

   86.   Powers of Minister to vary or amend Schedules

 

   87.   Pecuniary interests

 

   88.   Personal gain

 

   89.   Dissolution of Councils

 

   90.   Local Government Association

 

   91.   Penalties

 

   92.   Regulations

 

 

 

PART XIV
Repeal, Savings and Transition Provisions

 

   93.   Repeal of Cap. 40:01 and Cap. 40:02

 

   94.   Savings

 

 

 

      SCHEDULES

 

 

Law 35, 1965,
Law 2, 1966,
Law 8, 1966,
L.N. 5, 1966,
L.N. 84, 1966,
Act 25, 1968,
S.I. 61, 1968,
S.I. 82, 1968,
Act 8, 1969,
Act 12, 1969,
Act 23, 1969,
Act 14, 1970,
Act 31, 1971,
Act 13, 1973,
Act 27, 1973,
Act 17, 1983,
Act 15, 1998,
Act 10, 1999,
Act 1, 2000,
Act 7, 2001,
Act 18, 2004,
Act 12, 2009,
Act 18, 2012,
S.I. 6, 2013.

An Act to consolidate the Local Government (District Councils) Act and the Townships Act and to provide for the establishment of Councils and for matters incidental thereto or connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 19th February, 2013]

PART I
Preliminary
(ss 1-2)

 

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Local Government Act.

 

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "administrative officer" means an officer as defined under section of the Interpretation Act;

   "administrative District" means a district, city, town or township, prescribed in the Administrative Districts Act;

   "Chairperson" means the political head of a District Council or Subordinate Authority elected under section 20 (1);

   "city" means any town or township area conferred with the status of a city by the Minister under section 9;

   "community" means people living within an administrative district, city, town, village or ward, falling within the jurisdiction of a Council;

   "council" means any city council, town council or District Council duly established under section 3;

   "Council Secretary" means an administrative head of a District Council;

   "Councillor" means an elected or nominated member of Council or Subordinate Authority;

   "Kgosana" has the meaning assigned to it in the Bogosi Act;

   "Kgosi" has the meaning assigned to it in the Bogosi Act;

   "law enforcement office" means an office established under section 51;

   "law enforcement officer" means an officer appointed under section 52;

   "mayor" means the political head of a city or town Council elected under section 20 (1);

   "member" means both elected and nominated members of a Council or Subordinate Authority including ex-officio members;

   "Moemela Kgosi" has the meaning assigned to it in the Bogosi Act;

   "presiding officer" means a person who chairs a particular meeting of the Council or Subordinate Authority and leads the proceedings of that meeting;

   "public service" or "public office" or "public officer" have the same meaning as in the Constitution;

   "Subordinate Authority" means an institutional structure lower than a Council established by the Minister under section 7;

   "township" means a township as established under section 8;

   "township authority" means an authority established by regulations made under this Act to conduct the affairs of a township concerned and to perform such functions as may be specified in those regulations;

   "town Clerk" means an administrative head of an urban Council; and

   "Valuation Tribunal" means a Tribunal established by the Minister under section 41.

PART II
Establishment of Councils and Subordinate Authorities
(ss 3-9)

 

3.   Establishment of Councils

   The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, establish a Council in respect of such area as the Minister may consider appropriate.

 

4.   Council for each Administrative District

   (1) There shall be a Council for each Administrative District as established under section 3 and the Council shall consist of a Mayor or Chairperson, Deputy Mayor or Deputy Chairperson and members.

   (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), in establishing Councils, the Minister may not necessarily align administrative boundaries with tribal territories provided that he or she has consulted with the respective tribe.

 

5.   Restructuring of Councils

   (1) Subject to sections 3 and 13, the Minister shall after consultation with Council and the community, by Order published in the Gazette, subdivide or merge Councils for administrative expediency.

   (2) The Minister, after consultation with Council and the community, may constitute a new Council from a subdivision of a Council or a merger of two or more Councils.

   (3) Where a new Council is constituted in accordance with subsection (2), the Minister shall, by Order published in the Gazette, provide for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of the subdivided Council or merged Councils to the new Council established in place of the Council or Councils, as the case may be, and for the vesting of the assets and liabilities in the new Council.

   (4) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), upon restructuring of the Council in accordance with the provision of subsection (1), all members holding office in an existing Council shall cease to hold office.

   (5) Subject to subsection (2) where a Council is restructured, the new office bearers shall be appointed in accordance with sections 20 to 22.

 

6.   Councils to be bodies corporate

   A Council shall be a body corporate having the name and seal by which it is established and capable of suing and of being sued under the said name.

 

7.   Establishment of Subordinate Authorities

   (1) The Minister shall, after consultation with the respective Council and the community, by Order published in the Gazette, establish Subordinate Authorities.

   (2) The provisions of sections 19 to 21 shall apply to Subordinate Authorities.

 

8.   Declaration of township

   (1) The Minister shall, by Order published in the Gazette declare any place within any Administrative District, a township, considering mineral developments, agro-commercial or industrial developments and any other developments that may be carried out and shall define the boundaries of that township.

   (2) The Minister shall, in declaring a township under subsection (1), consult with the relevant District Council, Dikgosi and the community.

 

9.   Conferment of city status

   The Minister shall, by Order published in the Gazette, where he or she considers that it is proper and fitting to confer the status of a city on a town or township, declare that town or township a city which shall have all the ranks, liberties, privileges and immunities as are incidental to a city, and after consultation with the Council and the community, define the boundaries of that city.

PART III
Powers and Duties of Councils
(ss 10-12)

 

10.   General duties of Council

   It shall be the duty of a Council to perform the functions it is required to perform and otherwise exercise its powers so as to secure and promote the health, safety, well-being, good order, security and good governance of the area for which it has been established.

 

11.   Functions and general powers of Council

   (1) The Minister may, in the Order establishing a Council or a Subordinate Authority, and subject to the limitations and conditions as the Minister may consider appropriate, provide that the Council or the Subordinate Authority shall either be required to perform or may perform any of the functions set out in Schedule 1.

   (2) Where the Minister confers additional functions or removes any of the functions conferred upon a Council or a Subordinate Authority he or she shall consult with that Council or Subordinate Authority.

   (3) A Council may execute any of the functions conferred upon it through establishment of bodies, trusts, and any other organ that, that Council may consider appropriate for the discharge of its functions.

   (4) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a Council shall have power to do anything and enter into any transaction which in its opinion is calculated to facilitate the proper discharge of any function conferred or imposed upon it by or under this Act or any other law.

   (5) A Council may delegate any of its functions to the bodies under subsection (3) or to any other person in line with Government policies and may with reasons revoke or amend any delegation made under this section and may attach conditions to the delegation, including general or particular directions, as to the manner in which any delegated power is to be exercised.

   (6) A delegation under subsection (5) may include the power to sub-delegate.

 

12.   Entry into contract

   A Council shall not enter into any contract for the supply of any goods or materials or the execution of any works or the provision of any services, for or to the Council except as prescribed under the Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal Act or any other instrument prescribed by the Minister.

PART IV
Constitution of Councils and Subordinate Authorities (ss 13-22)

 

13.   Constitution of Councils and Subordinate Authorities

   (1) A Council shall be constituted by the Minister, after consultation with the Community and shall consist of the number of elected or specially nominated members as may be provided in the Order establishing it.

   (2) The Minister may, after consultation with the community, by subsequent Order published in the Gazette, vary or amend an Order made under subsection (1).

   (3) The Minister shall appoint the following ex-officio members who shall not have voting rights or the right to be elected into committees but have all other rights enjoyed by members of Council-

 

   (a)   in respect of a Council-

 

      (i)   an administrative officer who has special responsibilities relating to the development of the area,

 

      (ii)   every Land Board chairperson within the Administration District,

 

      (iii)   every member of Ntlo Ta Dikgosi designated or selected under subsection (1) or (2) of section 78 of the Constitution, and

 

      (iv)   a Kgosi who resides within the headquarters of a District Council; and

 

   (b)   in respect of a Subordinate Authority-

 

      (i)   an administrative officer who has special responsibilities relating to the development of the area,

 

      (ii)   a Subordinate Land Board chairperson within the Subordinate Authority area,

 

      (iii)   every member of Ntlo Ta Dikgosi selected under subsections (4) or (5) of section 78 of the Constitution within the Administrative District where they are selected, and

 

      (iv)   a Kgosi or Moemela Kgosi from the area within which the Subordinate Authority headquarters is situated.

 

14.   Holding of post in public service

   A member of a Council, other than an ex-officio member, shall not, during the period that he or she is a member of the Council, also hold any post in the public service.

 

15.   Qualification for membership of Council

   (1) A person shall be qualified to become a member of a Council if that person is qualified to vote in any election, for members of the Council and does not possess the disqualifications for membership of the National Assembly referred to in section 62 of the Constitution.

   (2) Subject to subsection (1), the Order establishing a Council under section 3 may provide that for the purposes of this section a person shall not be considered to possess those disqualifications merely because that person has applied for or has been granted a passport issued by or under the authority of the Government of any country prescribed for that purpose in the Order.

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