Maile lashes out at 'opponents' over Tshwane dissolution ruling

MEC Lebogang Maile has given the government's response to the judgment by the apex court on Wednesday, which found that the decision by the Gauteng executive to dissolve the council was unwarranted.

FILE: Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile held a press conference on 06 October 2021 to announce the province’s response from to the ConCourt ruling, which found that the decision to dissolve the Tshwane municipal council was unwarranted. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile has labelled as uncouth behaviour what he said was a deliberate attempt by opponents of the provincial government to create an impression that the Constitutional Court judgment on the dissolution of the Tshwane Council was unanimous.

Maile on Wednesday gave the government's response to the judgment by the apex court, which found that the decision by the Gauteng executive to dissolve the council was unwarranted.

He read through a summary of the three judgments handed down by the Constitutional Court placing focus on the fact that the judges were in agreement that the Tshwane Council was dysfunctional.

He said he found it worrying that opponents of the government have sought to peddle what he describes as false narrative.

Maile maintains the provincial government had no choice but to intervene in Tshwane after clashes in the municipal council left it unable to fulfil its executive obligations.

He said while the provincial government took no pleasure in intervening at municipalities, they tried to support the capital.

“At some point, we wrote to the speaker to ask if the speaker can table the matter before the council, saying we want you to sort out the Hammanskraal matter. The speaker just ignored me, I asked for a meeting with the speaker. We had no choice, no option.”

The MEC said while the ConCourt found the dissolution of the council was unwarranted, all the courts that dealt with the matter - including the apex court - confirmed their stance that the Tshwane council was dysfunctional, deadlocked and paralysed at the expense of service delivery.

The MEC said after studying the judgment, he would now consult the premier and exco on the way forward.

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