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Moutse locals lose ConCourt bid

2011-08-23 13:19

Johannesburg - Moutse residents have lost their Constitutional Court application to have the redemarcation of the municipality from Mpumalanga to Limpopo declared invalid.

In an order delivered on Tuesday, the court rejected their arguments, dismissed the application and ordered the provincial and local government minister to pay costs.

The challenge was brought by the Moutse Demarcation Forum and 15 individuals against President Jacob Zuma and 17 organs of state in 2008.

They had wanted the laws which allowed the altering of provincial boundaries to abolish cross-boundary municipalities declared invalid.

It was as a result of this legislation that areas of Moutse in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality, which straddled the provincial boundary between Limpopo and Mpumalanga, were demarcated as being in Limpopo rather than Mpumalanga.

The residents argued that the laws were irrational because they perpetuated boundaries drawn by the apartheid-era government in pursuit of its policy of separate development.

They also argued that the Mpumalanga provincial legislature failed to adequately consult residents who would be affected.

The government submitted that it had held public hearings and recorded residents' opposition to the move.

The residents and their supporters in court on Tuesday - some of them wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan "Mpumalanga for life" - were visibly disappointed at the outcome.

"What a waste of time. This really shows politics," resident Sanny Malapane said.

Comments
  • WHITE MAN - 2011-08-23 13:37

    GOOD!

      bvdwesthuizen - 2011-08-23 14:38

      @WHITE MAN Please could you elaberate why you say good or as always are you just trolling?

      moutse - 2011-08-24 08:58

      What is good about the Moutse matter?I am going to call upon the ANC and the Cabinet to do the right thing … take heed of the democratic views of the mass recognize that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people. This has always been the position of the ANC as adopted in a freedom charter at the Congress of the People in 1955. This is the organization that we love and cannot go to anybody else but our ANC to resolve out matters(regadrs Seun Mogotji)

  • WHITE MAN - 2011-08-23 13:48

    GIVE ME MALEMA NEWS !!!! NOT THIS CRAP!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-23 14:33

      you're a special person

  • Tereblanche - 2011-08-23 13:58

    Ayeye Seun Mogotsi, what's next sir?

      moutse - 2011-08-24 08:51

      During the ANC elective national conference in 2007 at Polokwane, a resolution was agreed upon to reopen discussions on the issue of demarcation but a different tune is sang now. Consultation processes were recommended, conducted and people expressed their will yet the goal posts are shifted. I am not going sit back and be content with the gross violation of our political rights as citizen of this country. I will not shy away from engaging the ANC in matters of pertinence. We shall come to the ANC, if the ANC cannot come to us.

  • moutse - 2011-08-24 08:28

    The Ruling by CC against Moutse back to Mpunmalanga left us devastated and Dissapoited.Much as we accept the ruling, we however frustrated the justice seems like a marriage, so near to us and yet so far from ordinary citizens reach. We hope that , as was the case in Khutsong, our matter would still be afforded political solution one day. However we are going to continue with engagements until sanity prevail and people given what they want. Our new democracy is heeding early demise in its formative stage as the ruling party continues undermining the core element, judicial body, in a very disturbing way. Moutse Demarcation Forum, which is spearheading the campaigns to return Moutse back to MP, was shocked to hear the president pronouncing on media that the issue of Moutse is closed, decided and that it would remain part of Limpopo Province. The statement was done on the 29th April 2011 at OR Tambo Stadium in Moutse As if that was not enough, the premier Cassel Mathale reiterated the same assertion live on Radio and boldly declared Moutse matter as finalized. It does not then surprise us that there judgement was against the people of Moutse because every judge want to be nominated to be Chief Justice.

  • koenak1 - 2011-08-27 18:10

    MOUTSE RESIDENTS WERE UNDERMIND BY THE ANC, SO I THINK ANC MUST NOT HAVE SPACE TO RULER IN THE ENTIRE MOUTSE. BECAUSE WHAT AM SURE OF IS, WE ARE GOING TO SUFFER. IN LIMPOPO THERE IS GREEDY LEADERS, AFTER 1994 THERE IS STILL CHILDREN WHO LEARN UNDER THE TREES IN LIMPOPO. I WILL NEVER LOSE HOPE FOR MY AREA TO BE INCORPORATED IN MPUMALANGA OR GAUTENG, TO SEE HAT THIS IS THE NEGLEGENT BY ANC MEMBERS IN LIMPOPO AND THEY ARE GREEDY, INSTEAD OF SAY THEN WE INCORPORATE YOU IN GAUTENG BECAUSE YOU ARE NEAR TO GAUTENG, THEY JUST DUMP AS IN LIMPOPO.ANC MUST SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCE, I THINK MPUMALANGA PARTY MUST BIND WITH DA. ACTUALLY I NEED DA TO TAKE OUR AREA AS A WHOLE.

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-01 17:32

    During the ANC elective national conference in 2007 at Polokwane, a resolution was agreed upon to reopen discussions on the issue of demarcation but a different tune is sang now. Consultation processes were recommended, conducted and people expressed their will yet the goal posts are shifted. I am not going sit back and be content with the gross violation of our political rights as citizen of this country. I will not shy away from engaging the ANC in matters of pertinence. We shall come to the ANC, if the ANC cannot come to us.

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