What are the implications of a ruling on the dissolution of Makhanda council?

The Inyanda National Land Movement has praised the Unemployed People's Movement for succeeding in its legal battle to have the Makana Municipal Council in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown) summarily dissolved.

The High Court in Makhanda has ruled that new local government elections be held within 90 days as it found the Makana Municipality had violated its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to its community.

The Eastern Cape provincial government has appointed an administrator in the meantime.

Unemployed People's Movement's Ayanda Kota says despite multiple charges and reports implicating officials overtime, little was done.

You have got politicians that are amassing resources that are meant to better the lives of our people, resources that are meant to better our environment.

Ayanda Kota, Spokesperson - Unemployed People's Movement

It's a message that these politicians must stop acting like rats on a sinking ship.

Ayanda Kota, Spokesperson - Unemployed People's Movement

Speaking on the implications of the ruling, attorney Brin Brody says it is harsher and that a recovery plan drafted in 2015 should now be followed.

Our view is that if that plan is followed, the municipality will recover and get to where it was.

Brin Brody, Attorney - Wheeldon Rushmere & Cole

On two previous occasions we had administrators that were appointed. It worked for a month or two and then we got straight back to where we are today and that is why we came to the conclusion that we needed the harder approach.

Brin Brody, Attorney - Wheeldon Rushmere & Cole

Brody says this is the first time the dissolution of a municipality has happened as a result of a court order and that an application has also been launched for Queenstown.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape premier's office may appeal the judgement, says spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha.

Government is considering appealing the judgment because of the far-reaching implications it has. So the consideration is more on the point that government is of the view that the judge did not pay attention to the reply filed by the government.

Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Premier

The provincial government is not disputing the problems faced by the municipality. The series of interventions that were there were aimed at making sure that the municipality is functioning properly and government is not giving up on that process.

Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Premier

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