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Traditional leadership and boundary demarcation in South Africa: Collins Chabane local municipality as a case study

Kazeem Oyedele Lamidi (Department of Local Government and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
Lusanda Beauty Juta (Department of Public Administration and Local Government, Faculty of Humanities, School of Government Studies, North West University, Mahikeng Campus, Mahikeng, South Africa)
Vukosi Mathonsi (Department of Public Administration and Local Government, Faculty of Humanities, School of Government Studies, North West University, Mahikeng Campus, Mahikeng, South Africa)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 20 November 2023

Issue publication date: 28 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present relevant literature review to build up the case pertaining to the impact of traditional leadership in the demarcation of municipal boundaries in South Africa. Municipal boundary demarcation remains a major contentious issue during the process of establishing municipalities. Little or no attention has been paid to the significance of traditional leadership in resolving issues around boundary demarcation between municipalities, hence this paper.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper adopted case study design. Data were collected from secondary sources and the contents were analyzed for this research purpose.

Findings

This paper put boundary in municipal context as a result of spatial reconfiguration process. It also discussed the impactful roles of traditional leadership as an institution involved in municipal (re)demarcation processes.

Research limitations/implications

This paper focusses on the contemporary roles that traditional leadership is at vantage position to play in the process of municipal boundary demarcation. Therefore, the paper concludes that traditional leadership could resolve issue of ethnicity as a causal factor mitigating the redemarcation of municipal boundaries.

Originality/value

It contributes to existing knowledge by providing information on the roles of traditional leadership that could complement the resolution of the ethnic complexities arising from municipal (re)demarcation processes.

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Acknowledgements

Since submission of this article, the following author(s) have updated their affiliation(s): Kazeem Oyedele Lamidi is at the Department of Public Administration and Local Government, Faculty of Humanities, School of Government Studies, North West University, Mahikeng Campus, Mahikeng, South Africa.

Citation

Lamidi, K.O., Juta, L.B. and Mathonsi, V. (2023), "Traditional leadership and boundary demarcation in South Africa: Collins Chabane local municipality as a case study", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 355-373. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-07-2023-0051

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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