Press Statements

Sakeliga opposes new attempt to monopolise municipal service delivery

Sakeliga has instructed its lawyers to apply to be joined as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in a court case where the applicant, SALGA, is requesting a declaratory order to grant municipalities exclusive rights to distribute electricity within their jurisdictions. Sakeliga is opposed to the proposition that municipalities should enjoy such exclusive rights to be the middleman without exception in the […]
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Sakeliga investigates decay at 154 problem municipalities, considers further litigation

Attorneys for Sakeliga have been instructed to prepare a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to the Auditor-General in order to obtain specific management reports said to be submitted to the management teams of the various municipalities following completion of the annual audits by the government auditor. The management […]
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Sakeliga demands answers from the Department of Health and proposes that municipal governments do not police lockdown and curfew rules

As 2021 draws to a close, Sakeliga has sent out two important letters to national and local governments pertaining to Covid-19. A letter from our attorneys to the National Department of Health regarding its withdrawal of contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols related to coronavirus Covid-19. A letter to all mayors, municipal managers, and local law-enforcement decision-makers advising them to shield their towns and local economies from lockdown harms. 1) Letter to the Department of […]
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Sakeliga Court Case: Dlamini-Zuma persists in delaying tactics to withhold lockdown records

Sakeliga has been struggling for several months now to obtain the co-operation of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a court case that Sakeliga launched on 5 August 2021 to compel the Minister to disclose certain records of decision-making on lockdown regulations. After having been more than 50 court days* […]
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Sakeliga supports property rights of firearm owners in Constitutional Court case

Sakeliga recently applied to be joined as amicus curiae – friend of the court – in a case in the Constitutional Court for the purpose of protecting the property rights of owners of firearms. The right of numerous firearm owners to legally possess their firearms is currently under siege because of the refusal by the police to receive new applications for firearm licences where licences could […]
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Statement regarding compulsory vaccines and travel restrictions

Sakeliga regards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Covid-19 statement on Sunday evening significant in both helpful and harmful ways. We are deeply concerned at his suggestions that vaccination could become compulsory, and his vagueness about what he intends to replace the state of disaster with. We welcome his criticism of scientifically baseless foreign political decisions on travel-restrictions […]
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Sakeliga can now enforce criminal sanction against NW municipal manager

Sakeliga is considering approaching the High Court in Mahikeng for an order that the municipal manager of the Kgetlengrivier Municipality in the North-West, is in contempt of court and be sentenced to imprisonment or a fine or both.  These steps are being considered as Kgetlengrivier Municipality has for more than five months been in contempt of a court order that certain records related to service delivery and finances […]
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