The implementation of Section 139(1) of the Constitution in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality

Kampi, Zoliswa
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The Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM) is situated in the North West Province, South Africa. It has persistently been placed under provincial administration (s139 (1) of the Constitution) and continuously resisted the interventions including taking legal actions against the North West Provincial Executive. The objectives of the research study were to explore and provide insights into the factors that informed and impacted the planning and implementation of s139(1) interventions in the NMMDM, and to explain how these factors either promoted or undermined the success of these interventions. From the literature review undertaken, the researcher drew critical themes and concepts that underpin the research study. The leadership and governance theories provided the theoretical perspectives and the principal-agent theory underscored the conceptual framework. In line with the exploratory nature of the research study, the qualitative research method was preferred and the NMMDM was adopted as a single case study to get a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in the planning and implementation of s139(1) interventions. The researcher obtained the primary data through semi-structured interviews with the municipal leadership and used document analysis to gather secondary data. The research findings revealed the richness and complexity of the local government discourses. Through analysing the results of these discourses, a number of critical aspects that informed and impacted these interventions in the NMMDM emerged. These aspects range from the nature of to the quality of support provided to the NMMDM prior to the interventions. These include the communication of the directives and notices to assume responsibility, details given on the rationale for the interventions, political dynamics and their influence on reactions to the interventions, capacity of the province to plan and implement the interventions, and perceptions of the impacts of the interventions. Nevertheless, it is not the intention of the research study to generalise the findings but to present them as they manifested in the NMMDM.
Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Management (in the field of Public and Development Management) in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, August 2017
Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality (NMMDM), North West Province, South Africa, Section 139(1) of the Constitution, South African Constitution, UCTD
Kampi, Zoliswa Hyacinth, (2017) The implementation of Section 139(1) of the Constitution in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,