I have to sue DA-run City of Joburg so that it can do its job

The Star Early Edition - - METRO - KEN­NETH ROY COR­LETT

ANNA Cox’s Metro col­umn sadly but ac­cu­rately re­ported on the con­tin­ued de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the in­ner city un­der the DA lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The sit­u­a­tion ex­tends to the Metro’s bound­aries.

In Princess, we have smashed man­holes in the road­way, which pose a dan­ger; failed street light­ing and mas­sive il­le­gal land use by for­mal com­merce. The coun­cil does noth­ing.

I met mayor Her­man Mashaba in the run-up to the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions and briefed him on the il­le­gal land uses around me.

In De­cem­ber 2017, I wrote to him, re­mind­ing him of the fi­nan­cial harm it was hav­ing on my le­gal busi­ness, and the emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal harm it was caus­ing my fam­ily and I.

There should be no need for any lit­i­ga­tion as we have a coun­cil with the power and re­sources to stop what is ob­vi­ously wrong.

In­stead, I find my­self hav­ing to take the coun­cil to court to force it to do its job. And then it plays its de­lay­ing le­gal games. Guess who pays the coun­cil’s le­gal fees?

In spite of my urg­ing him to act, Mashaba has never an­swered my let­ter.

The coun­cil is vi­o­lat­ing town plan­ning leg­is­la­tion and its du­ties un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, the Pro­mo­tion of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Jus­tice Act and a host of other laws. It is also vi­o­lat­ing pre­vi­ous high court or­ders.

In phys­i­cal terms, it is pre­sid­ing over an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment where chaos re­places the har­mony in­tended by law­mak­ers.

The DA in Joburg is sim­ply con­tin­u­ing the long tra­di­tion of a rot­ten lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Princess

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