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SAHRC convened its second sitting into Alexandra inquiry

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has this morning (13 May) convened its second sitting of investigative inquiry into the recent spate of protest in Alexandra Township. The inquiry look into some of the issues raised by protesters during the #AlexTotalShutdown. The inquiry is being held at the East Bank hall in Alexandra from 10h00 am- 16h00 pm.

The Human Rights Commission is investigating the socio-economic conditions in the township, their impact on fundamental human rights and whether these conditions amounts to maladministration, abuse of power, corruption or improper conduct.

During the first sitting of the inquiry, City of Johannesburg Manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni, made submissions at the inquiry on what the city has done for Alexandra and the difficulties they have faced.

Lukhwareni said that Alexandra was a difficult place to service because of its spatial planning. The area was very dense and difficult to navigate using heavy machinery which has had an effect on services like garbage collection.

But Adolph Marema who is the ward councillor in the area dismissed this claims.

Residents says they do not have hope that their issues will be resolved.

Community member Noah Sitto says the issues in Alex were supposed to be addressed before elections. He says he doesn’t have much hope now.

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