The announcement made earlier today by Gauteng Premier, David Makuhura, that the Tshwane Metro Council will be placed under administration is premature and politically motivated.
The implication is that when the Metro Council is dissolved in terms of Section 139(1)(c) of the Constitution, an election must take place within 90 days.
To dissolve the Metro Council is a very drastic step and in terms of the Constitution, there are other remedial actions that must be considered before this step is taken. The Constitution offers dissolution as a last resort and, thus, the province is not applying it correctly in this case.
The election will cost millions of rand, while the 2021 local elections will take place next year anyhow. That makes the province's decision seem all the more pointless.
The ANC had various opportunities to overthrow the coalition government, but opted to rather walk out of the council meetings every time; in this way, they prevented a quorum from being present. The actions of the ANC are politically motivated and have nothing to do with ensuring the proper functioning of the Metro Council.
The FF Plus is currently weighing up its options and is engaging with coalition partners to ensure that justice prevails and that political agendas do not enjoy preference above the interests of Tshwane Metro residents.
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