The DA believes the ANC in the JB Marks Municipality (Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp) should pay legal fees after the municipality lost a High Court bid to interdict the provincial government from putting it under administration, says a report in The Star.

‘The DA cannot allow that the ANC ... makes use of taxpayers’ money to play legal games at the expense of the people,’ said the DA’s Chris Hattingh.

The North West High Court on Friday dismissed with costs the ANC-led JB Marks Municipality’s application to stop the provincial government intervening in the municipality administration in terms of Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution.

‘The DA advised the ANC-led council that the only way to challenge an intervention was through properly considered court action, and not merely to undermine and obstruct the intervention,’ said Hattingh.

He said instead the ANC decided to pursue legal action on their own, without obtaining a legal opinion or scheduling a special council meeting to deal with the matter. Municipal spokesperson Willy Maphosa said the council took a resolution last week to approach the court, but this is vehemently denied by DA councillor and attorney Hans-Jurie Moolman.

According to a Beeld report, Moolman said the resolution was to obtain legal advice, not to launch an application.

A special meeting was called to discuss the legal opinion, but that meeting descended into chaos and there was no resolution to launch an urgent application, he said.

Full report in The Star (subscription needed)

First Beeld report (subscription needed)