community council, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with initial capitals.
historical
The local authority of an urban black township, established by the government in terms of the Community Councils Act of 1977. Also attributive. See also UBC.
Note:
Many communities did not accept the system of local government by community councils, and set up other bodies in opposition to them: see civic. See Weekly Mail quotation 1986.
1977 World 19 Sept. 3The community councils are part and parcel of the homelands’ set-up. The community councils are just a reversed version of the defunct UBC.
1978 Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 5In terms of the Community Councils Act of 1977, community councils, elected on a non-ethnic basis, are planned to replace urban Bantu councils in urban African townships.
c1980 S. Afr. 1979: Off. Yrbk (Info. Service of S. Afr.) 227The Community Councils Act..will provide urban Black communities with certain rights to self-government in that certain functions will be taken over from the administration boards...Up to June 1978 some 100 community councils had been established.
1982 Pace Nov. 164Azapo’s comment was: ‘A vote for the Community Council or any Government-instituted body is a betrayal to the black cause’.
1983 Survey of Race Rel. 1982 (S.A.I.R.R.) 297The Community Council system was perceived as an unacceptable extension of the administration boards and apartheid system.
1986 Weekly Mail 29 Aug. 2With the demise of the development boards on July 1, all remaining community councils have been transformed into fully-fledged local authorities.
1987 Race Rel. Survey 1986 (S.A.I.R.R.) I. 119The chairman of the Duncan Village (East London) community council..claimed..that the council had the support of the ‘vast majority’ of residents and challenged anyone to prove otherwise.
The local authority of an urban black township, established by the government in terms of the Community Councils Act of 1977. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence community councillor noun phrase.
1983 E. Prov. Herald 28 Apr. 1These events follow the assassination earlier this week of Mr Harrison Dube, a local community councillor.
1987 Cape Times 10 July 2The ‘political killings’, including necklace murders and the killing of community councillors, must be seen in the context of ongoing violence.
1988 Thornton & Ramphele in Boonzaier & Sharp S. Afr. Keywords 32Some community councillors were elected with percentage polls as low as one per cent.
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