Embalenhle sewage crisis: HRC agrees to investigate

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) yesterday gave the Govan Mbeki local municipality until 9 August to respond to allegations of possible rights violations in the Mandela Section of Embalenhle near Secunda.

This follows after the DA lodged a formal complaint with the HRC on 29 May over the horrific conditions residents are forced to live in, with raw sewage spills throughout this community. In our complaint, we mentioned the irregularities and investigations into the upgrade of the sewage reticulation network, council’s refusal to act on investigators’ recommendations, and attached photo and video evidence taken during my visit to this community on May 25.

Not only did the HRC find the evidence we presented compelling enough for an investigation, but also found it sufficient to conduct a preliminary investigation (on 19 July) to verify our claims.

The HRC has now given the Govan Mbeki municipality 18 days to respond to our allegations. Click here to view the HRC letter.

The DA is extremely pleased at the speed and urgency with which the HRC acted to our complaint, and believes that this brings the people f Embalenhle one step closer to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment.

While much ground still has to be covered before such an environment is realised, the DA will continue to monitor proceedings and continue to keep the Govan Mbeki and other municipalities in Mpumalanga to account.