Human Rights Commission to take legal action against local govt

2015-11-19 19:32
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Johannesburg – The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is to take legal action against local government for non-compliance with its recommendations relating to the eradication of the bucket system, among other things.

HRC chairperson Mohamed Ameermia said on Thursday they were finding an increase in cases where their recommendations were ignored. He said this raised questions about whether government was taking the commission seriously as a Chapter 9 institution.

He was addressing the media about the HRC's report on access to housing, local governance and service delivery. 

"We are not happy the way water and sanitation issues are being addressed by government. In fact in 2014 we put a comprehensive report [together]... The eradication of the bucket system was supposed to be done in terms of the National Development Plan by the end of 2014. A community in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is still without toilets," he said.

In 2013, the HRC made recommendations to the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality to provide water in one of their communities.

"What the municipality did was to provide temporary taps and forgot about them. When we went back in 2015, we found that the community was still using those taps and you can’t even drink that water. This is daily [life] for many communities. Our legal service has made it loud and clear that as a commission, we will be taking action."

The HRC recommended at the time that local government needed policy and institutional reform.

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