Public Protector briefs Portfolio Committee on findings into Alexandra living conditions

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The Public Protector and the Human Rights Commission have briefed the Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee on their findings into the Alexandra township’s inhumane living conditions.

These include the lack of residents’ right to dignity for years. But there have been questions on the implementation of the recommendations by the two Chapter 9 institutions.

Their joint report into the 2019 Alex Total Shutdown protests was released in early July.

They also probed alleged maladministration in the multi-million rand Alex Renewal Project.

Deputy Public Protector, Kholeka Xaleka says the City of Johannesburg has appointed a private forensic firm to investigate.

“The conditions under which the people of Alexandra were living are really not the conditions which are humane. We have asked them to give us a report once the investigations have been completed and also to give us timelines to ensure that this is indeed being completed. Therefore it is not a total loss. There is work that is taking place in that respect, we didn’t want to duplicate the process because the documents that are there are voluminous.”

Report into the 2019 Alex Total Shutdown protests released: