The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for the dissolution of the Makana Municipal Council in the Eastern Cape Province. DA has submitted a motion on Monday, 21 September, demanding the council to dissolve itself.
The motion calls on the council to cease all efforts to appeal the court judgements, and moves that council dissolve itself to make space for fresh elections.
“In terms of the Municipal Structures Act, such a motion must be considered at a special council meeting called specifically for this purpose, and must be adopted by at two-thirds of the councilors,” said DA Makana Caucus leader Cllr Brian Fargher in a statement.
“Earlier this year, Judge Irma Stretch ordered the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive to dissolve Makana in terms of s139(1)(c) of the South African Constitution.”
“The Makana Municipality and the Eastern Cape Government took the matter in appeal, resulting in widespread dissatisfaction among Makana residents. The DA opposed the decision to appeal the court ruling,” Fargher continued.
According to the statement, a few factors has led to the dissatisfaction among residents such as the municipality’s failure to implement various court orders, lack of action on the Kabuso Report and failure to conduct any forensic audit on the municipality’s finances or operations.
Furthermore, the DA urges on the political leadership of the municipality to act in the best interests of its residents.
“Makana cannot afford another year of mismanagement and maladministration. The DA will do everything in its power to ensure that the citizens of Makana get the government they need.”