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DA sees no reason to defend the Makana Municipality council from being dissolved

Mar 28, 2019
DA sees no reason to defend the Makana Municipality council from being dissolved

Grahamstown -  As parties continue to jostle for positions ahead of the May 8 National and Provincial elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said that it rejects a proposal by the African National Congress (ANC) to use ratepayers' money to defend the Makana Local Municipality Council in court.

In February, the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM), which is based in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), launched a High Court bid calling for the Eastern Cape government to urgently implement Section 139 (1) (c) of the Constitution and dissolve the Makana Local Municiplity Council.

The court application cites the Mayor, Municipal Manager and Makana Council, the Eastern Cape Premier up to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The UPM wants to force a local election and to have a “competent and experienced” administrator appointed to run the municipality.

It cited several crises that have befallen the municipality and said that they are due to the Makana Local Municipality failing to adhere to the principles of good governance.

DA repeats call for the dissolution of Makana Municipality council

"The DA sees no reason for the municipality to spend money to defend this court case, which has been brought by civil action groups on behalf of the residents of Makana, as it is clear that the current failing ANC government is incapable of running the municipality," said Mlindi Nhanha, a local businessman and a DA councillor in the Makana Local Municipality.

"The failures have been well documented. The devastating collapse of basic service delivery is clear to see. The looming crisis of day zero for water and massive debt to Eskom are just the tip of the iceberg.

"After years of maladministration, political infighting and chronic service delivery failure, it is clear that the current administration and political leadership of the ANC are not prepared to put the interests of the people before their own."

Nhanha accused the ANC of drivng "this once prosperous and proud municipality into the ground, while protecting and promoting the interests of a closed crony clique of cadres who have ‘feasted’ at the expense of the people".

"It is time to hit the reset button on a broken Makana Council. The council needs to be dissolved, in line with section 139 of the constitution, so that fresh elections can be held and the people can vote in a government that is actually capable of bringing change to Makana," he added

"It is time for a government that puts the people first."

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