The people now have the power to fight failed municipalities

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The people now have the power to fight failed municipalities

Members of the Unemployed People’s Movement protest outside the High Court in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) in September 2019. Archive photo: Lucas Nowicki

A court ruling against the Makana municipality means time may now be running out for similarly dysfunctional local governments.

The ruling by the Eastern Cape High Court that the Makana local municipality violated its constitutional mandate to deliver services could see incompetent councils such as Mangaung and Buffalo City, and a host of other poorly functioning municipalities, facing similar sanction. The ruling has opened a new avenue for residents to use the courts to force all incompetent municipalities to deliver on their constitutional obligations to them, or be disbanded. The judgment gave the people power to force service delivery by municipalities, unlike in the past, when it depended on the will of the province to invoke sections 139 and...



 


 

 

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