Political and Administrative Dichotomy in South Africa: The Principle of Separation of Powers at Local Government Level


  • Sihle Ashia Vilakazi University of Zululand
  • Toyin Cotties Adetiba University of Zululand


Apartheid; Administrative; Dichotomy; Political power; Local government


The study of political and administrative dichotomy in the discipline of public administration has always been about the differences that occur within the framework of government institutions. These differences have always trigger the aspect of the principle of separation of powers that guide the functionality of these institutions. This study focused on analysing the principle of separation of powers at local government level, while navigating through the political and administrative dichotomy in South Africa. To ascertain the challenges facing municipalities on the basis of the effects of political and administrative structures. Therefore, this study focused on the analysis of the principle of separation of powers vis-à-vis political and administrative structures at local government level. Using qualitative research approach, this study suggests that there a legal structure through which monitoring and safeguarding the harmony and wellbeing of the principle of separation of powers is guaranteed.

Author Biographies

Sihle Ashia Vilakazi, University of Zululand

Department of Public Administration

Toyin Cotties Adetiba, University of Zululand

Department of Political and International Studies


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