The Free State High Court in Bloemfontein today reserved judgement in AfriForum and the Mafube Business Forum’s case against President Cyril Ramaphosa and 16 other respondents. The organisations approached the court in an attempt to ascertain service delivery in the Mafube Local Municipality and also requested intervention on a national level to ensure that residents receive the services they are entitle to.
“The obligation to ensure services lies with national government. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and eventually the President must intervene if the state does not comply with constitutional criteria. With all the arguments that was heard in court today, the core still remains that the state is failing to enforce the Constitution and the residents are still without any municipal services,” says Morné Mostert, AfriForum’s Manager for Local Government Affairs.