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THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY

Mbuzeni Mathenjwa

Abstract


The place and role of local government within the structure of government in Africa has attracted much public interest. Prior to and after independence, African countries used local government as the administrative units of central governments without their having any legal status, to the extent that local authorities were under the strict control of central governments. The autonomy of local government is pivotal in the democratisation of a country. The United Nations, European Union and African Union have adopted treaties to promote the recognition and protection of local government in the state parties’ constitutions. Accordingly, this article explains the status of local government in Africa and its impact on strengthening democracy in African states.


Keywords


local government, central government, decentralisation, system of government, strengthening democracy, legal status, African Charter

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