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Media Advisory: SAHRC in the North West Province and SALGA to engage concerning cooperation on interventions aimed at improving service delivery by local government

31 MARCH 2021

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the SAHRC”) has received hundreds of complaints of human rights violations against various municipalities in the North West Province. A majority of the complaints relate particularly to lack of access to sufficient water, poor water quality, electricity outages, poor sewerage system, lack of access to basic sanitation and poor domestic waste removal.
During Human Rights Month (March 2021), the SAHRC in the North West undertook various interventions to redress major and systemic human rights violations and to improve service delivery. The SAHRC deems the inability of municipalities to delivers basic municipal services to the most vulnerable of communities particularly during this challenging period of the Covid-19 pandemic as of huge concern that lends itself to the transgression of a number of human rights.

Accordingly, the SAHRC has approached key stakeholders including the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in an effort to enhance cooperation in improving service delivery through good governance, accountability and consequences management in local government in the North West Province.

On 26 March 2021, the SAHRC met with the MEC for COGHSTA, MEC Mmoloki Cwaile, who gave an assurance that attention will be given to the complaints of poor service delivery that the SAHRC elevated to his office. The MEC also undertook to collaborate with the SAHRC on interventions, including litigation, aimed at ensuring that municipalities serve communities.   

Today 31 March 2021, the SAHRC and SALGA will convene a meeting to explore ways in which the two institutions can cooperate on interventions aimed at improving service delivery by local government in the North West Province.

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For further information contact the SAHRC North West Provincial Office Manager, Mr Osmond Mngomezulu on 060 790 1476 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Adv. Oarabile Gaoraelwe on 0824045788 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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