Thaba Chweu Faces Historic Chapter 9 Investigations

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga

The DA has scored a significant victory for the residents of Thaba Chweu, as both the Public Protector and the Human Rights Commission positively responded to our requests for an investigation into the Thaba Chweu Municipality.

In a historic turn of events, both Chapter 9 institutions found merit in our correspondence regarding the municipality’s lack of accountability and its failure to provide even the most basic services to residents for years.

The Human Rights Commission last week wrote to the municipal manager of the Thaba Chweu Municipality, and informed him that certain aspects of the municipality’s service delivery failures may indeed be in violation of Chapter 2 of the Constitution. To that end, the HRC gave the municipality a deadline of 12 October to respond to the DA, and the community’s allegations. (To view the HRC letter, click here)

In her correspondence, Public Protector Adv Thuli Madonsela informed us that after a careful assessment of our complaint, the allegations we make are sufficient to warrant a preliminary investigation, and that she had appointed the necessary person to do so.

While residents of this beleaguered municipality are from being out of the woods, the DA is confident that the two investigations will add to the already mounting pressure on cooperative governance MEC Madala Masuku to intervene and dissolve the council according to Section 139(1(c) of the Constitution, as requested by the community at large.

MEC Masuku may stand at the podium in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and provide false comfort by saying that conditions in Thaba Chweu are improving, but the truth of the dysfunctionality of the council and the administration cannot be hidden from the public eye for much longer.

Once again, the ANC has failed where the DA and the greater public have succeeded.

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