Decentralisation in South Africa


With the upcoming local elections it is pertinent to analyse the decentralisation patterns in South Africa. In order to complete its transition towards a constitutional democracy, South Africa decided to renew its local governance system after apartheid. The underpinning of South Africa’s decentralisation is provided by the 1996 Constitution. Diminishing the gap between democratic institutions and populations is amongst the main aims of the decentralisation policies in South Africa.

Please open the attached PDF document to understand the South African decentralisation system.

Written by Pierre-Olivier Teissier-Clement, Research Assistant South Africa

Publication series

Country Reports


Republic of South Africa, July 19, 2016


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