SAHRC calls on govt to explain lack of services

Today is the final day of the commission’s national hearings on housing and local government.

FILE: The SAHRC has called on government to explain, following a spate of protests over poor services throughout the country. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on government to explain, following a spate of protests over poor services throughout the country.

Today is the final day of the commission's national hearings on housing and local government.

It says there are a number of challenges faced by officials in delivering basic municipal services.

The rise in the number of service delivery protests has prompted the SAHRC to hold hearings that will focus on the main causes of the problem.

The commission's Mohamed Shafie Ameermia says there needs to be more accountability from local government.

"We need to be kicking dust as well, and knock on the corridors of power to make sure there is compliance across the board."

The commission says it has been engaging with different departmental divisions this week to address the issues being raised.

"We then posed a series of questions to them and we asked them for their written responses."

The commission says it's concerned about the rate that local government is responding to problems raised by communities.