Kota disagreed. “They are raising the issue of jurisdiction ... It is just not possible that people must suffer because the province is refusing to intervene,” he said outside court.
About 170 protesters picketed outside the court in support of the municipality’s dissolution. Ongeziwe Meltafa said residents were tired of being promised change. “Enough is enough. We are sick of being unemployed and living in garbage.”
The UPM, with other civil society organisations, filed its court application in February. The organisations argue that the council has violated sections 151 and 152 of the constitution by failing to “ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner”.
The application accused Makana municipality of corruption, failure to provide water and sewerage services, and serious neglect of municipal infrastructure, leaving roads filled with potholes and garbage.
Judge Igna Stretch reserved judgment.