Constitutional Court rules in DA’s favour and affirms that the ANC power grab in Tshwane was unlawful

The DA welcomes the dismissal of Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile’s appeal and the long-awaited Constitutional Court judgment on placing the City of Tshwane under administration.

The Constitutional Court’s ruling vindicates the DA’s stance that MEC Maile’s decision to dissolve Council and place the City of Tshwane under administration was unlawful.

It was obvious from the court judgment that the ANC’s action to put the City of Tshwane under administration for a period of eight months, from March 2020 to October 2020 was a politically motivated power grab on the part of MEC Maile.

There was no justification for removing elected DA councillors from their positions and replacing them with administrators who left the City in chaos and near financial ruin.

The Constitutional Court has affirmed the original judgment by the Gauteng North High Court in April 2020 and the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal in October 2020, affirming the following: “The running of the City of Tshwane by an unelected administrator is the very antithesis of democratic and accountable government for local communities, enshrined in s 152(1)(a) of the Constitution”.

The court’s order properly ensures that the councillors duly elected by the citizens of Tshwane in 2016 are allowed to resume their rightful constitutional role, powers and responsibilities.
The order gives effect to the rights of voters and preserves the autonomy of local government and it cannot be faulted.

For months the residents of Tshwane suffered under unelected and unlawfully deployed ANC administrators imposed by MEC Maile.

In just eight months, they brought the city to its knees, collapsing service delivery and incurring a R4.3 billion deficit.

During their tenure critical operations effectively came to a stop.

The City was totally unresponsive to the needs of its residents as their legally elected representatives had been removed from office.

After the City was placed under administration it became clear that there were major fractures within the ANC in Tshwane as their councillors contacted the DA to take the decision to court to have it overturned so they could return to their jobs.

For 8 months we fought in the courts to protect the rights of our residents and we succeeded, such that at the end of October 2020 we were able to return to the office. We immediately started work to stabilize the city’s finances and restore basic operations and service delivery.

This judgment is a victory for the DA, but more so it is a victory for the residents of Tshwane, our Constitution and local governance.

This ruling has ensured that our Constitution is protected and upheld and that the separation of powers between different spheres of government is entrenched.

Today’s judgement by the Constitutional Court will set an important precedent to protect municipalities from unlawful power grabs to drive political agendas.

The DA will ensure that MEC Maile is personally held to account for all legal costs and for wasting taxpayers money. MEC Maile must also be fired for his role in this.

The perilous state of chaos and mismanagement that we inherited in October 2020 is a direct result of the ANC’s unlawful actions and the incompetence of the administrators he deployed to the city.

Premier David Makhura should also use this court judgement as a learning experience, and demonstrate his seriousness about consequence management.

Residents of Tshwane deserve remedial action for the suffering they incurred during this period of the unlawful administration.

The DA was the only party that stood firm during this period of unlawful administration and fought against the ANC-led provincial government’s unlawful power grab.

We will always stand for the rule of law and fight for the rights of residents, and we will win because the DA gets things done.

Destroying our heritage sites incites hatred and disregards our rainbow nation

As the nation celebrates Heritage Day, we challenge all South Africans to unite despite our differences, to learn from each other and rebuild our nation.

South Africa is a richer place because of our diversity and heritage sites are a unifying force to help us build our nation. The diversity of our beliefs, culture, and language is what sets us apart as South Africans.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) condemns in the strongest terms the EFF ‘s picket for the removal of the Paul Kruger statue as part of celebrating Heritage Day. These actions disregard the importance of our heritage and incites hatred amongst different cultures and races.

It is unacceptable for the EFF to use this symbolic day to call for destruction and racial division within our country instead of bringing our people together.

Destroying this statue will not heal the nation from the injustices of the past. For the nation to succeed we must learn from the past and each other’s history.

Now is not the time to break down, remove or destroy, but to unite, learn and rebuild.

The DA is the only party that is diverse and big enough to bring people together and we believe that we should create more open spaces for additional statues and heritage sites, where we can come together to reflect on our past and focus on our future.

The DA in Tshwane has worked hard in our campaign, wards, and city to ensure that we have regular clean-up campaigns at all our heritage sites such as the Solomon Mahlangu Square, Church Square, Komjekejeke Cultural Village, Voortrekker Monument, the Synagogue, parks, and cemeteries.

Together through these campaigns and visits to our cultural heritage sites, we champion the preservation of all cultures and their heritage in our country.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity we can win as a nation. Now is the time to come together as we build a caring society with an active citizenry.

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Randall Williams commits to getting things done in Tshwane

Note to Editors: The following speech was delivered by DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate Randall Williams at Fort Klapperkop today during the launch of his Mayoral Campaign.

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you for coming out this afternoon to attend our Mayoral launch.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is an age-old saying, a week is a long time in politics.

Well, a year is even longer, and the last year in the City of Tshwane has brought with it a whirlwind of change.

So please indulge me as I take you on a journey.

•City placed under ANC administration


Can you believe that one year ago, myself and my fellow councillors found ourselves unemployed?

Indeed, the City of Tshwane had been placed under administration after the ANC provincial government unlawfully dissolved the Tshwane Council in March 2020.

For 8 months the city was under the control of unelected and deployed ANC administrators. While the Democratic Alliance fought in the courts to get this decision overturned and return sound governance to the capital.

We succeeded in the end, as in October of 2020 the administrators were removed from office and as councillors, we were reinstated.

The 8 months under the ANC administrators was a disturbing period for the city, it also came just as the Covid-19 first wave hit.

In those 8 months, the legacy of the ANC administrators was one of financial mismanagement and failure.

The DA’s surplus of R297 million which we left in March 2020 was decimated such that by the time the administrators were removed we inherited a budget deficit of over R4 billion.

Revenue collections plummeted dropping to as low as 75% such that the administrators accessed a short-term loan of R800 million to keep the city running.

Credit control processes were suspended so the city had no way to stabilize its finances as the debtors’ book then hit R18 billion.

The ANC administrators had no proper knowledge of local government nor real understanding of the work that was required in the city.

Their failures soon began to manifest very visibly as basic service delivery effectively ground to a halt.

There was a rapid deterioration in the quality of response times to water leaks and electricity outages. Streetlights, traffic signals and potholes went months without being fixed.

In fact, in some cases, we found that there were issues that were not addressed for the entire duration that they were in office.

That was the legacy of the ANC administrators in just 8 months, they brought the city to its knees.

•The DA Difference


I was humbled to be elected Mayor and assume office from the beginning of November 2020.

From the first day that I returned to the office, I encountered service delivery backlogs that went back months in almost every sphere of the work that is required from the city.

As you can imagine, the pressure from the residents to turn the city around was immediate.

No sooner had we returned to the office we were inundated with complaints from residents on issues that they had been reported which had been unattended.

Once we had evaluated the scale of the issues we faced, it became a question of systematically implementing the required governance structures to refocus the work of the administration.

Simply put we had to restore financial sustainability and drive basic service delivery. So what did we do?

Immediately I implemented a weekly Service Delivery War Room that began tracking the very basics in the city.

We created comprehensive dashboards to monitor how many water leaks were reported, how long did they take to get fixed, the same with electricity outages.

How many potholes and streetlight repairs have we conducted? How are we maintaining our open spaces, and combatting illegal dumping?

All of these basic processes and more we began to track.

In 11 months we have fixed over 150 000 streetlights

Repaired over 20 000 water leaks

Filled over 30 000 potholes.

We pushed to ensure that we restore the majority of power outages that are reported within 7.5 hours.

I have always believed that how we do our work should be data-driven and evidence-based.

This is why on core service delivery we implemented such a tracking system.

It ensures that we are able to continuously evaluate the responsiveness of the institution because we track the very basics.

This is not the type of work that an Executive Mayor should be doing. It is unusual to have to immerse oneself into the very basic operations, but it was critically necessary.

I am nowhere near satisfied and I won’t be until we have a sustainable level of service delivery and more importantly a responsive administration.

Responsiveness is a principle I am particularly passionate about and it speaks to the culture we are looking to cultivate in the city.

If people contact us, we must engage them and provide a response, it’s that simple.

•Financial turnaround

As I indicated earlier when we assumed office we had a deficit of R4.3 billion that we had to manage.

Colleagues, in the space of one year we reduced this deficit by R3.4 billion, as we ended our financial year in July with a deficit of R900 million which we will eradicate in our current financial year.

The R800 million short term loan the ANC administrators took out, we paid that off as well.

That is the DA difference.

It is responsible for financial management and discipline.

Stabilising the city’s finances is not a popular exercise. We have to implement credit control, cut power and disconnect those who are not paying their accounts.

We have made ourselves particularly unpopular with some government departments.

For example, it took us shutting off power to the Department of Defence for them to pay us R90 million. We even disconnected some Ministerial houses.

Democrats, our financial turnaround is well underway.

Revenue collection is up and meter readings to ensure accurate billing is at 80%.

This is how we restore sound governance to the City of Tshwane.

•Tshwane successes to highlight

Colleagues, but in the last 11 months we have also had numerous other successes which are worth highlighting

• We now have over 50 vaccination sites in Tshwane and have administered half a million vaccines to our residents.

• I announced a micro-grants plan to small emerging farmers, where we distributed individual grants of R20 000 to over 100 emerging farmers within 6 months.

• We started construction at a new clinic in Lusaka for Mamelodi.

• Our teams initiated construction on new roads and stormwater projects in Soshanguve Block FF.

• Over 10 000 illegal dumping sites have been cleared in areas across the city.

• In Hammanskraal Extension 10 we begin the process of formalisation in an area that had been plagued by land invasions, 2767 will be provided with basic services.

• New busses were introduced for the A Re Yeng line to Mamelodi.

• We cleared the backlog of over 4000 rates clearance certificates.

• Currently we are the only metropolitan in Gauteng that is still running a medical ambulance service departments capacitated with a specialized infectious disease ambulance.

• Our new A Re Yeng line to Menlyn was finalized and launched allowing residents to access this important economic node.

• We launched construction at Caledonian Stadium to restore it to its former glory.

• We are driving the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone in Silverton which will draw R15 billion in investment for the area, create 8700 direct jobs and a further 50 000 jobs in the future.

• We launched a TMPD satellite station in Garsfontein.

• Within 6 months our Development Management Application Systems was developed to process city planning applications online.

• We relaunched our Tswelopele clean-up campaigns which promote a cleaner and healthier city. In doing so we supported residents in Mamelodi, Hammanskraal, Salvokop, Menlyn, the Inner City, Cullinan and various other locations to clean their neighbourhoods.

These are just some of the key highlights colleagues but there are many, many more.

But our work is not done yet, I call on you to have a look at the city as we stand here today on top of this mountain.

Look at the Union Buildings, the city skyline, and let me tell you, our work is not done yet!

We started implementing our manifesto, and from what I just shared with you, it is clear that the DA does get things done.

We stand here today united as we overlook our city with the aim of protecting it.

We need to unite. We need more time. We need a majority in Council.

•Key manifesto points

When the DA gets its majority in council after this election, we will fully implement the manifesto that we have developed.

We have created a robust plan which is based on 10 key interventions.

1. Prioritisation of the electrical grid and water infrastructure.

The City of Tshwane’s utilities infrastructure such as its substations, transformers, electrical networks, reservoirs, waste-water treatment plants, sewer and water reticulation networks are its most critical assets.

We have invested heavily in this infrastructure, and we will continue to do so. This infrastructure is the lifeblood of our city and protecting it, is critical to attracting investment.

We are doing it and will continue to do it.

2. Provide stringent financial management and oversight.

We inherited a R4.3 billion budget from ANC administrators, in one year we reduced that deficit by R3.4 billion.

Discipline and strict financial management, that is the DA difference.

3. Promote employment and economic growth in the city.

We will spend more on enabling infrastructure that enhances economic development and creates jobs, continue our recruitment through EPWP and leverage our economic assets.

The Special Economic Zone in Silverton is one such example, this is how we create opportunities for residents because the DA gets things done.

4. Enhancing city safety and emergency services.

We have fought and succeeded to protect our emergency services from being taken over by the provincial government, while both Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni failed.

We intend to keep our residents safe by expanding visible policing and building a safe capital city and fighting for the rights of our residents.

5. Maintaining a clean and protected natural environment.

With over 10 000 areas cleared of illegal dumping and continuous monthly clean-up campaigns, we will continue to keep our municipality clean so that our city is a place where residents are proud to live.

We must look after it and encourage our community to do the same

6. Develop road infrastructure and advance mobility

Economic growth is enabled by ensuring citizens have good public transport in the form of a reliable bus service and well-maintained roads.

We have already expanded bus routes across the city and continuously maintain and upgrade our roads based on the commitments we made to residents
We get are getting it done.

7. Supporting the vulnerable and providing social relief.

We must ensure that we have a safety net for our most vulnerable residents. Those that live in poverty must know that we are there to support them.

This is why we will continue to formalize informal settlements, construct quality low-cost housing and support charities that are helping the vulnerable.

A DA run Tshwane cares for its residents.

8. Modernisation and digitisation of city processes

With new technologies our city can work more efficiently and faster, we will continue to leverage online platforms to enhance our services and expand our free Wi-fi footprint.

The DA will always seek to advance a higher quality of life in Tshwane.

9. Promoting good governance, accountability and transparency

Tshwane must operate in an open and transparent manner where decisions can be easily scrutinized or engaged upon by the public. Decisions cannot be taken behind closed doors and imposed upon residents.

We will maintain a high standard of openness and responsiveness so that residents can clearly see and track where their money is being spent.

10. Implement a robust Covid-19 management strategy.

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way in which we work that is no doubt.

However, we must ensure that we work through this pandemic, provide quality services and keep our residents safe.

Already we have administered over 500 000 vaccines with more to come. We will continue to protect our residents and staff and prevent Covid-19 from disrupting our operations.

This is our commitment and promise to our residents, 10 focus interventions backed up by years of experience and planning to take them forward.

We are here to get things done!


Friends, we are entering into the shortest election cycle in the country’s history.

The election is on 2 November that is in approximately 6 weeks’ time.

As you know there were attempts by the IEC to delay the elections which were stopped by our court actions.

It is a legislative imperative that we have elections in line with what is required with the constitution.

While parties such as the ANC and EFF were desperate to try and have the elections delayed, they ultimately failed.

They needed the elections delayed because quite frankly, they are not ready.

Now, they are scrambling.

But here is the DA difference, we have already prepared.

We are ready.

In fact, we have already been campaigning for weeks.

We are in campaign mode, we have our candidates secured, our posters are going up and our manifestos are ready.

In the weeks to come, we will be needing all the support that we can get as we seek to convince residents in this city that the DA is the best organization to lead the capital and carry on the journey and work that we have embarked on.

More so that we need residents to vote us in with a majority of 51% so that we fully implement our manifesto and policies.

We have till now governed Tshwane with a minority government which is incredibly difficult.

We are not in a coalition with the EFF or the ANC which means we lead the Tshwane council with our other coalition partners with approximately 46% of the vote.

We need your vote, the vote of your families and friends.

We have done some exceptional work in the city in the last year and we want to carry on into the future.

We simply cannot allow the ANC to return to the city.

You would have seen that the ANC is desperate to have the candidate submission process opened.

Democrats, the ANC are in trouble.

It is estimated that there are 35 municipalities where the ANC have not submitted candidates.

In Tshwane, there are approximately 12 of their ward candidates in wards who are not properly registered.

If this is true, it will mean that before the election even commences the ANC will be down 12 seats in the Tshwane Council.

The ANC cannot even manage the submission of local government candidates properly, how on earth do they intend to manage a municipality if they are elected?

Democrats, Activists, Residents, the DA is serious about governing this city and taking it forward into the future.

Our teams are in place, our manifesto is ready, we are governing right now and we are ready to govern into the future.

The winds of change are on our side and now is the time to use them to sail our city into a future we can all be proud of.

Let us secure our capital city firmly under the DA and demonstrate to our residents that the DA gets things done.

United we can win, Verenig kan ons wen, Ga re spanisana ra popa!

Together we can lead our city to greatness!

DA Women’s Network welcomes selection of Randall Williams as Tshwane Mayoral candidate

The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network (DAWN) welcomes the appointment of Randall Williams as the DA’s Mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane.

Williams is the current Mayor for the City of Tshwane and has demonstrated his commitment to serving the people of Tshwane by fast-tracking the restoration of service delivery after the city was plunged into turmoil when the Council was unlawfully dissolved and placed under administration last year.

Mayor Williams’ track record is a foundation from where he will continue to build and improve the municipality’s positive growth and economic development.

The DA Women’s Network in Tshwane pledges its support and will rally behind him as the DA’s Mayoral candidate to bring further stability and growth to this capital city of South Africa.

The DA has already started laying the groundwork as we rally support towards the local government elections. We will continue to engage with communities across the city to build a city we can all be proud of.

The DA Women’s Network also wishes to congratulate the DA’s City of Ekurhuleni’s Mayoral candidate, Refiloe Nt’sekhe, and the City of Johannesburg’s Mayoral candidate, Mpho Phalatse.

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Let’s bring proper service delivery and stabilize City of Tshwane

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

For the last 10 months I have had the privilege of being the Executive Mayor in the City of Tshwane.

It has undoubtedly been one of the greatest honours of my life to have served my country as the leader of our capital city.

I became the Executive Mayor at the beginning of November 2020 after the city had been plunged into eight months of chaos by the ANC provincial government.

This came after they unlawfully dissolved our Municipal Council and imposed unelected administrators to run the capital.

In doing so they effectively collapsed service delivery and drove the city to the brink of financial ruin.

Since assuming office my commitment to our residents was very simple, that I would restore basic service delivery and stabilize the finances of the municipality.

This is exactly where I have placed by focus during the last 10 months as we have sought to restore proper governance to the City of Tshwane.

We have done this with a minority government which has brought with it, its own challenges that we have had to overcome.

What it is has shown us, is that we can do so much more with a proper majority so that we can govern the city outright and fully implement the policy positions of the Democratic Alliance to take the city forward.

I am immensely humbled by the DA’s decision to select me to contest the position of mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane.

I intend to fully embrace this opportunity as it would be an honour to carry on serving the residents of Tshwane as their Executive Mayor.

I would like to thank all those that have supported me thus far in this journey, particularly my Mayoral Committee, my colleagues in the Tshwane caucus, the DA leadership, activists and supporters and all the residents of Tshwane for the faith you have shown in me.

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DA confident about court application to restore democracy to City of Tshwane

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is confident that the outcome of its Section 18 (3) Application presented in the North Gauteng High Court today will be favourable.

The DA argued to have the recent judgment declaring the dissolution of the Tshwane Council unlawful, implemented, notwithstanding an appeal against the judgement by the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The DA will not sit idle while the appeal by the ANC and EFF seeks to prolong the unlawful tenure of a deployed team of administrators in Tshwane.

Each day the administrators remain in office undermines the democratic choice that was made by the residents of Tshwane in August 2016 in favour of a DA leadership for the City Council.

The residents of Tshwane must be led by the people they elected rather than those undemocratically imposed on them.

The DA wants the Tshwane Council restored urgently particularly because decisive leadership is needed during these difficult times to help combat the spread of the Covid-19 crisis.

As it stands, councillors are left out in the cold and residents have no access to the City Council.

The administrators have made no effort to facilitate public participation in municipal processes that include the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget.

They are a law unto themselves and are only accountable to the ANC that deployed them there.

The budget for the 2020/2021 financial year which should have been released at the beginning of April this year was only released mid-May for public comment, after the DA filed legal papers highlighting the administrators failure in their legislative duties.

There is also no strategy in place on how the current unlawful administrators will engage rural communities on the budget, which could result in the lowest levels of public participation in the city’s history.

The city is facing record levels of under-collection, which is placing its financial stability at risk. With no strategy in place to correct this, the administrators are pushing the capital off a fiscal cliff.

With no oversight committees and councillors there is no method of accountability and transparency over the decisions that are taking place in the city.

These are just some of the many reasons why we are urging the court to grant the DA this Section 18(3) Application to remove these unlawful administrators and return democracy to the City of Tshwane.

The ANC has desperately tried to convince the court that there is no pressing reason for the immediate implementation of the judgement.

Their strategy is obvious for all to see.

They are hoping to delay the implementation of the judgement for as long as possible while they cling to power in the city.

The DA has slowly eroded the ANC’s influence in Tshwane since 2016 and they are terrified they will never return to govern the city.

Hence their only hope is to unlawfully dissolve the city’s council and deploy illegal administrators who they can control to govern it.

DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate unveils vision for Tshwane

The City of Tshwane and South Africa are facing new challenges that have never been experienced before, and we are now operating within a changed landscape.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is ready to serve the people of Tshwane during this difficult time.

Today, the DA’s Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Randall Williams, launched his vision for the City of Tshwane to become a responsive and transparent city that delivers to residents.

This requires a special response, and in line with this demand we have developed a plan that will prioritise the following focus areas:

  • A Covid-19 Plan to contain the spread through increased levels of testing, public education and treatment where necessary;
  • Service Delivery driven by the real needs of the residents as identified by the residents;
  • Transparency and Regular Communication on all key aspects of city services;
  • Speed, agility and resilience will be the driving principles as the city responds to key issues post Covid-19;
  • Zero tolerance for city funds stolen or misspent, either through corruption or mismanagement. Strict consequence management and criminal action.

Over the next 15 months the DA will work tirelessly on bringing the vision to life based on these 5 key principles.

Through a stringent Covid-19 plan in place, we will demonstrate leadership in containing the spread of Covid-19, prioritise health and social development and source relevant protective equipment and training.

We will capacitate clinics to expand testing and treatment for residents and increase funding to support vulnerable groups and non-governmental organisations providing social relief.

We will restructure our budgeting systems to introduce better grants to support vulnerable communities as we continue to build a city that is resilient during this crisis.

I have prepared a plan that will build on past successes and ensure full delivery of services. The following items are but a few issues covered in this plan:

The DA will set new targets that 90% of all streetlights in Tshwane are lit at all times and ensure a faster turnaround time in relation to complaints from residents pertaining to water and electricity outages, pothole repairs, finance queries and malfunctioning traffic lights.

The provision of water and electricity will be prioritised and we will on a weekly basis track updates on the status of service delivery projects in the city through a mayoral dashboard.

We intend to expand our safety offering to residents by introducing a dedicated inner city patrol unit, increase the number of operations to counter cable theft and illegal dumping, have focused crime prevention strategies to combat the scourge of drugs and ensure speedy prosecutions at municipal courts.

We will regularly assess the Covid-19 impact on the city’s finances and seek a rates relief to residents during the lockdown period and expand the indigent register to facilitate a basket of basic services to residents who are at risk and vulnerable communities.

We will blacklist service providers who steal from the city and ensure strict consequence management in cases where fruitless and wasteful expenditure or corruption is identified.

Through this vision, we will work hard to maintain the trust of residents. Trust is a core priority and today’s vision aims to ensure that Tshwane is in the forefront of delivering quality services to its residents.

The DA has a sound judgment in place from a full bench of the High Court and we will go to great lengths to enforce it. It is important that as a council we encourage all parties to remember why they were elected and to put the residents first.

To do this we will reach out to all political parties and try to initiate terms of reference where we can cooperate while governing.

Among these will be a leadership forum where party leaders and whips will be consulted to ensure that we roll out the best possible plans to improve the lives of our residents.

It is time to put politics aside and think about the critical issues faced by our communities, and ensure that they get the best benefits the city has to offer.

Tshwane officially dissolved today due to ANC’s political games

Due to the politically motivated move by the ANC MEC Lebogang Maile, the DA-led Tshwane Council is officially dissolved from today.

The national department of Cooperative Governance and the National Council of Provinces approved the dissolution and the appointment of an administrator.

Service delivery could therefore be interrupted pending the court case on Tuesday when we hope that the decision to place the municipality under administration will be overturned.

If the court action is successful the dissolution will no longer be effective.

If the court finds that the Gauteng Provincial Government overreached itself it will set the matter aside immediately.

Otherwise, judgement may be reserved and ruled on in the following week.

In the interim, DA councillors are committed to assist residents where possible despite no longer being officially recognised.