JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission on Wednesday said they were to combine efforts in a bid to get to the bottom of service delivery complaints that have given rise to recent violent protests in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
Alexandra residents have been protesting over poor service delivery since last week.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission Bongani Majola met over the matter on Tuesday and resolved to launch a joint investigation, with the view to finding lasting solutions to residents' grievances.
"In our experience, communities take to the streets when they are of the view that their cries have fallen on deaf ears, said Mkhwebane. "It is important for people to be aware that Chapter 9 of the Constitution establishes the South African Human Rights Commission and my office essentially for people to vindicate their rights on matters such as public service delivery."
She said her office will tackle the maladministration aspects of the issues that appear to be troubling residents, including the allocation of resources by respective governments towards the delivery of quality public services in the township.