JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Cooperative Governance Minister Obed Bapela on Wednesday testified before the Alexandra inquiry where he revealed that an inter-ministerial team had been formed to deal with problems in the township.
The inquiry, which is being held at the Braamfontein offices of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), is seeking solutions after 80 illegal structures were demolished in Alexandra in April. The homes had been unlawfully built near Marlboro - too close to the Gautrain rail bridge.
Various departments such as the Department of Community Safety, Department of Human Settlements and South African Police Service have already made submissions to the inquiry, which began on Monday.
The SAHRC's Gauteng Manager Buang Jones said interested parties could give oral and written submissions to the inquiry.
"The aim of the inquiry is to find the causes behind the protests, establish if the City of Johannesburg has engaged meaningfully with the residents of Alexandra and monitor the situation of housing to ensure that urgent and emergency housing was given to the affected parties," explained Jones.