The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in the Free State said it was extremely disappointed by the Maluti-a-Phofung mayor and municipal manager’s no show.
HRC’s provincial head Buang Jones said it was clear that the mayor and municipal manager don’t respect the commission and have treated them with disdain from the onset. This after the commission visited Qwaqwa on Tuesday to ascertain progress made regarding the rights of the evictees after hundreds of people were evicted by the municipality in June last year.
Jones said it is concerning that the municipal leadership was not fulfilling their constitutional obligation and didn’t treat the chapter nine institute with respect. He said they were greatly concerned that none of the recommendations to Maluti-a-Phofung were implemented.
“In one of the areas we established that some people still live in deplorable conditions, while in another area we saw that a little progress was made in provision of emergency housing to the evictees. It was agreed that the municipality will furnish us with progress reports and a clear action plan about when they will ensure that the rights of the evictees are realised,” he said.
Jones said delegates from the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality and the Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements have agreed that they will do their best to adhere to the commissions’ findings and time bound plan.