ActionSA To Embark on Petition to Dissolve Emfuleni Council to Restore Service Delivery

ActionSA will, on Saturday, embark on a petition to dissolve the Emfuleni Local Municipality Council and have the municipality placed under administration, in line with Section 139(1)(c) of the South African Constitution.

The ANC-led Emfuleni Local Municipality has repeatedly failed to deliver basic services in the municipality, with waste collection being unreliable and the municipality failing to deliver water, sanitation and electricity services.

The municipality has already been under administration by the provincial government since 2018 under which irregular expenditure ballooned to over R1 billion. The intervention clearly yielded little results and instead, service delivery continued to decline.

ActionSA, therefore, believes that more drastic action should be taken because the municipality and its council have continually failed in their basic functions since being elected two years ago. The provincial government should urgently dissolve the council to bring accountability and restore service delivery.

Section 139(1)(c) of the Constitution stipulates that the provincial government may dissolve a municipal council and when the municipality is dissolved, within 90 days there ought to be new elections and a new Council must be appointed.

For over three years, the Gauteng Provincial Government failed to address the deeply concerning situation at the municipality, and that is why drastic action must be taken to turn the situation around.

ActionSA is committed to good governance that sees quality services being delivered to all the residents of Emfuleni, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that residents’ needs are urgently attended to.