South Africa needs a way to incorporate active citizens within the prevailing constitutional and legal structures, so as to strengthen all levels of government.
There has been growing discontent with many local authorities and calls by concerned citizens for the municipalities to be dissolved.
It is not hard to see the roots of 20th century apartheid policies in the legacy of the British settlers.
Ramaphosa’s detractors are unlikely to succeed in their rumoured bid. And, their failure will not be because they’ve suddenly become weak within the administration.
The precedent-setting ruling may cause jitters in dysfunctional municipalities around the country.
The analysis of the Kowie River rehearses the warnings provided by the colonial and post-colonial destruction of culture and nature.