Inquiry effected to probe authorisation the destruction of Alex homes

Inquiry effected to probe authorisation the destruction of Alex homes

- An SA Human Rights Commission inquiry will hear today who authorised the demolition of 80 shacks in Alexandra

- The inquiry into alleged human rights violations aims to get to the bottom of the controversial incident which prompted protests in the area

- It will also look into allegations of corruption in the Alexandra Renewal Project, which had been allocated R1.3 billion

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Buang Jones, provincial manager at the SAHRC, has confirmed that an inquiry into the alleged human rights violations in Alexandra will take place today.

The entity aims to get to the bottom of who authorised the destruction of 80 homes on illegally occupied land, leaving hundreds homeless and sparking protests in the region.

Allegations of corruption in the R1.3 billion Alexandra Renewal Project will also be looked into, according to TimesLIVE.

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Jones claims that he has been continuously contacted by an unknown man, warning him to 'steer clear of the Alexandra investigations'.

This threatening phone calls started three weeks ago, with the SAHRC unable to find out who he really is. Jones feels he has been targeted due to him joining he investigation into the Alex 'shutdown':

"They are uncomfortable because I speak my mind and I am independent ... but I am committed to the struggle of the poor. I am a product of an informal settlement. I used the bucket system. I can relate to land occupation. I lived in a shack. My struggles made me who I am."

The investigations into the matter are ongoing, and could take around three months to complete. reported earlier that Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba had been unaware of the matter, hearing of it for the first time in the news. He pledged to come to the aid of those affected by the situation.

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