Premier must order Thaba Chweu to cooperate with HRC and PP investigations

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza must as a matter of urgency ensure that the Municipal Manager of the Thaba Chweu local municipality, Mr Surprise Maebele cooperates with both the Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector in their investigations into the municipality’s lack of accountability and failure to provide basic service delivery.

In the wake of Mr Maebele’s deliberate snub of the Human Rights Commission last week, the DA was informed of similar treatment by the office of the Public Protector, with Mr Maebele not honouring scheduled meetings or not prepared to provide a set date for a meeting.

Section 182 of the Constitution makes it abundantly clear that all organs of state must assist Chapter 9 institutions and protect their effectiveness, and in no way interfere with their functioning, and the DA believes that Mr Maebele is blatantly hindering two such investigations.

The DA finds Mr Maebele’s actions completely unacceptable, as this behaviour is not only unconstitutional, but also makes a mockery of South Africa’s democratic order.

To this end, the DA will write to premier Mabuza and request him to exercise his executive authority and either order Mr Maebele to cooperate with the Human Rights Commission and Public Protector investigations, or to immediately authorise a direct provincial intervention in Thaba Chweu in terms of Section 139 of the Constitution.

Premier Mabuza must face up to his responsibilities to the people of Thaba Chweu and act to ease their suffering.