Representatives of Soweto, Alexandra to present evidence at SAHRC hearing

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Community representatives from Soweto and Alexandra will on Thursday present evidence at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) Gauteng hearings on the July 2021 unrest.

The week-long looting and violence severely impacted businesses in the townships.

The hearings are probing the unrest that left about 350 people and caused billions of rand’s of damage to infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal and some parts of Gauteng.

The commission’s evidence leader, Advocate Lloyd Lotz says, “We will be having community representatives from Soweto and Alex. And of course this evidence will be zooming in the impact and what happened in those particular areas. There’s also going to be evidence that will be going to be looking at the other hotspots in Gauteng in as far as the July unrest is concerned. So that’s the evidence that we will be hearing.”

Following engagements with the evidence team and the hearing panel the Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will now appear on March 1 2022 at 12h00. A notice to this effect has been issued.”

On Monday Police Minister Bheki Cele told the Human Rights Commission hearings into the July 2021 unrest that police could’ve done more to prevent the situation from escalating but they were threatened.

HRC Hearings – Police Minister Bheki Cele testifies: