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.

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