Campaign prepares for legal challenge
The Keep Grahamstown Grahamstown (KGG) campaign says legal counsel have been instructed and are in the process of preparing the application to have the renaming of Grahamstown to Makhanda unlawful.
Three weeks after the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, announced his final decision on the renaming of Grahamstown, the KGG, which submitted the most comprehensive objection on behalf of thousands of objectors collectively and individually, had not yet received a response to its objection.
In a statement this week, Joint Co-ordinators Sigudla Ndumo and Jock Mcconnachie said Section 10 of Act 118 of 1998 required that the Minister must consider objections submitted within 30 days publication of the Notice announcing the proposed name change as gazetted on 29 June 2018 and must accept or reject the objections with reasons.
“To date the KGG is only aware of a handful of objectors – fewer than 10 – who have received responses to their objections,” the KGG said.