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The Matatiele/Maluti Mass Action Organising Committee (MAOC) said yesterday they would fight to the bitter end to have their town incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.
According to amended legislation, Matatiele now falls under Eastern Cape. MAOC chairman Mandla Galo believes that the amendment is unconstitutional.
MAOC is challenging the legality of this amendment, and in their latest attempts have sought the intervention of the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC).
"We will challenge this Act until the voices of the people of Matatiele are heard. We are waiting for a report from the HRC," Galo said.
HRC chief executive Tseliso Thipanyane said recommendations were that MAOC should seek legal advice from legal experts outside the HRC.
ANC president Jacob Zuma, who was approached by MAOC for help, has apparently distanced himself from the matter.
"These people approached me privately and it would be difficult for me to talk about this issue to the media," Zuma said.
Zuma referred Sowetan to social development MEC Meshack Radebe, who, however, would not comment, saying the "matter is sub judice".
Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said: "The core of the border dispute is not about falling under a certain province, but about service delivery."
Eastern Cape is the second poorest province in South Africa.
Matatiele mayor Sello Ntai was not available for comment.