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.