The Speaker of Council: Cllr Maseka Solomon Pheedi



Functions of speakers  in terms of Chapter 3 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act 1998


The speaker of a municipal council: 

  • presides at meetings ‘of the council
  • performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated to the speaker in terms of section 32 must ensure that the council meets at least quarterly
  • must maintain order during meetings
  • must ensure compliance in the council and council committees with the Code of Conduct set out in Schedule 5: and
  • must ensure that council meetings are conducted in accordance with the rules and orders of the council.


Election of Speakers of municipal councils (Chapter 3 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act 1998)

  • Each municipal council must have a chairperson who will be called the speaker.
  • At its first sitting after its election. or when necessary to fill a vacancy. a municipal council must elect its speaker from among the councillors.
  • The municipal manager of the municipality or. if the municipal manager is not available. a person designated by the MEC for local government in the province, presides over the election of a speaker.
  • The procedure set out in Schedule 3 applies to the election of a speaker.
  • A councillor may not hold office as speaker and mayor or executive mayor at the same time. but in a municipality of a type mentioned in section 9(e) or (f) or 10(c) the speaker must be called the mayor.


Term of office of speakers

  • The speaker of a municipal council is elected for a term ending, subject to section 39, when the next council is declared elected.


Vacation of office

The speaker of a municipal council vacates office during a term if that person:


  • resigns as speaker:
  • is removed from office: or
  • ceases to be a councillor.

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