Following last month's violent protests which shut down Alexandra township in Johannesburg the Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector have initiated a probe into the failure of the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP). Both organisations conducted an inspection of the township on Friday 3 May 2019.

The Alexandra Renewal Project was a programme aimed at addressing the critical state of the township conceived some ten years ago by public works. The project received an initial budget allocation of R1.3 billion to run between 2011 and 2018.

Nothing came of the ARP and Alexandra continued to spiral into misery but the funds allocated to the programme appear to be missing. The current probe aims to investigate claims of maladministration and corrupt practices relating to the ARP.

The country's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the area and subsequently established an intergovernmental forum to investigate the grievances raised by the protestors. Seven ministries are to take part in this forum. The forum's principal aim is to interface with local and provincial government, in particular the MECs for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, Environmental Affairs, Home Affairs, Police, Rural Development and Land Reform.

Interested parties are invited by the HRC to make written submissions which may assist the investigation. Written submissions must reach the Commission by Friday, May 31, 2019. Email submissions to hbuga@sahrc.org.za or fax 0864100149.


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