Thaba Chweu dodging Human Rights Commission inspection team

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

In an unprecedented display of arrogance, the acting municipal manager of the Thaba Chweu local municipality, Mr Surprise Maebela today failed to meet with an inspection team of the Human Rights Commission.

The inspection stems from DA request to have the municipality investigated, as we believed that its lack of accountability and its failure to provide even the most basic of services to residents, may be in violation of Chapter 2 of the Constitution.

After studying our request and the attached evidence, the HRC agreed to investigate possible human rights violations on 13 September last year.

This is the second time that the accounting officer of this municipality failed to meet with the HRC’s inspection team, as on 19 March 2013, former municipal manager Burton Khoma was too busy fighting for his own political survival than to be bothered to address the needs of the community.

Mr Maebela’s failure to meet with the HRC clearly exposes his arrogance and disregard for the democratic order of our country. The HRC was specifically created to protect and promote the human rights of all South Africans, is impartial, subject only to the Constitution, and accountable to the National Assembly. In fact, Mr Maebele’s actions show his complete disdain for the Constitution of South Africa and rights of our people.

The DA is extremely concerned over the potential consequences this may have on service delivery, as Mr Maebele’s stalling tactics will simply prolong residents’ suffering under a local administration hell-bent on the complete destruction of their quality of life.

The people of Thaba Chweu need a DA-led local administration, which is sensitive to their service delivery needs, and puts the rule of law and the rights of the people before their own selfish interests.