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Des Van Rooyen to inform incoming councillors, mayors of their roles

Des Van Rooyen says new mayors and councillors have a duty to act within the Constitutional parameters.

Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen says new mayors and councillors who will be appointed within the next 14 days have a duty to act within the Constitutional parameters, rules and regulations applicable to local government.

Van Rooyen was speaking in Pretoria during a briefing by the inter-ministerial committee on elections.

Yesterday, the Independent Electoral Commission officially announced the end of the 2016 local government elections which will see four of the country's eight metros run through coalition governments.

The minister says his department will inform councillors of their roles and responsibilities.

He says it will also be a strong support system for the incoming officials.

Van Rooyen says outgoing and incoming officials have a responsibility to ensure a smooth transition and that municipalities function optimally.