The EC High Court could set a new precedent for service delivery

The Eastern Cape High Court has passed a judgement that could set a new precedent for service delivery in South Africa.

Recently, the court ordered the provincial Roads Department to reimburse farmers in the area who have been maintaining roads.  Of course, there are strict conditions that citizens must adhere to, such as giving the department 30 days’ notice and acquiring a minimum of two quotes from independent contractors.

The judgement could very well set a precedent for the rest of South Africa, with farmers and civil groups in other provinces likely to follow suit.

This can already be seen by civil rights groups that have been refunded for carrying out basic services such as replacing water pumps, felling trees and fixing roads.