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Makana under administration for 3 months

The embattled Makana local municipality in Grahamstown was yesterday placed under administration for three months.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan and his provincial counter­part, Fikile Xasa, invoked Section 139 1 (b) of the Constitution, following a lengthy meeting with the Makana municipality leadership at Grahamstown City Hall yesterday.

The decision comes just a few days after municipal workers stoned their bosses’ vehicles on Monday when their salaries were not paid on time.

A week ago, a pipe feeding water to Grahamstown residents burst and left hundreds without water. Yesterday, some sections of Grahamstown were still complaining of low pressure levels of water.

Gordhan told the Makana leadership to go back to basics and fix the issues facing the municipality. “Normality needs to be restored in this area,” he said.

Grahamstown-based Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) supported the minister’s decision. “There are two issues the administrator needs to look at. First, there is a water crisis. Second, corrupted housing lists,” said UPM leader Ayanda Kota.

Xasa’s spokesperson, Mamkeli Ngam, said the administrator’s three-month term would be renewed if the issues had not been resolved.