Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
The DA calls on public works, roads and transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu as well as department head Kgopane Mohlasedi to fully cooperate with legal proceedings relating to Pilgrim’s Rest.
On 25 July Justice J Makgoba of the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of 13 business owners who applied for an urgent interdict preventing their eviction from their places of business on 31 July. In his ruling, Justice Makgoba granted the interim interdict, and allowed the applicants 31 days to launch a tender review application, from the date of receiving all the necessary documentation from the department.
The DA sincerely hopes that MEC Mahlangu and departmental officials will fully comply with this ruling, and hand over all documentation pertaining to the matter sooner rather than later. As said by Justice Makgoba, the Pilgrim’s Rest matter is in the public interest. So too, the DA believes that a speedy resolve to the situation in Pilgrim’s Rest is also in the public interest.
We call on the department to not wilfully delay the review application by withholding information. We also call on the MEC and HOD to ensure that pending their submission of documents, no tender documents are tampered with or destroyed.
The DA fully supports the intended review application and will carefully monitor the department’s cooperation in this regard.