Office of the Speaker

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About Office of the Speaker

The Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998, Section 36 (1), requires that each municipal Council must elect a Speaker of Council at the first sitting of Council after the local government elections.

Alderman Patricia Kumalo is the Speaker of Council in Ekurhuleni.

The Speaker of Council is the custodian of all policies and council resolutions, and the political head of Legislative arm of Council and presides at Council meetings ensuring compliance with the councillor’s code of conduct and rules and orders.

Other responsibilities of the Speaker in the City of Ekurhuleni include amongst others; playing a coordination and management role in respect of the oversight and standing committees, evaluating the performance of the committees, and chairing the programming committee; and ensuring functionality of Ward Committees, and effective participatory democracy in the work of Council and its structures.