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Court overturns decision to place City of Tshwane under administration

Premier David Makhura announced the metro’s dissolution, saying it failed to provide services.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: @GautengProvince/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court has on Wednesday overturned the provincial government's decision to place the Democratic Alliance (DA)-lead City of Tshwane under administration.

Premier David Makhura announced the metro’s dissolution, saying it failed to provide services and citing political instability.

An administrator was appointed and the provincial government announced there would be elections within 90 days.

The DA went to court in March to challenge the decision, arguing that the premier dissolved the council for political reasons and saying the move was procedurally unfair and irrational.

Judge president Dunstan Mlambo has found that the decision by Makhura and his exco was unlawful.

DA Gauteng leader John Moody said: “The DA is very happy to announce that the North Gauteng High Court has ruled in our favour with regard to the suspension and dissolution of the council by the ANC. The judgment also allows for the costs to be paid by the premier and the executive.”

However, the metro’s administrator will remain in his position - at least for now.

Now that the provincial government's decision has been set aside, all councilors in the capital are required to attend council meetings as soon as the lockdown regulations allow.

In the meantime, Tshwane administrator Mpho Nawa will continue to exercise his powers.

The Gauteng government said it had noted the judgment and would study its contents before deciding on its next step.