On Wednesday, 6 June 2018, the Midvaal Local Municipality and Gauteng provincial office of the South African Human Rights Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The MOU was signed as a commitment by the municipality to ensure its administrative processes, planning and decision making is guided by the Constitution and aligned to human rights principles.
Executive Mayor Cllr Bongani Baloyi signed the agreement on behalf of the municipality, along with the Commission’s Gauteng Provincial Manager Buang Jones, during a meeting at the Mayoral Offices in Meyerton. The meeting also included detailing of the nature of the collaboration and the scope of agreement between both parties.
“In view of the critical role played by local government as the lead agent in fulfilling some of the rights enshrined in the Constitution, the Commission has deemed it appropriate to forge institutional links with Midvaal given its track record of service delivery and for having recently received a fourth consecutive clean audit. Moreover, the Auditor General has rated Midvaal Municipality as the best run municipality in Gauteng.
This positions the Municipality as an ideal partner for the Commission as good governance is an integral part of the provision of basic services and fully encompasses respect for human rights. Without good governance human rights cannot be advanced in a meaningful manner.”
The Midvaal Local Municipality recognises the importance of cooperating with Chapter Nine institutions such as the Commission, which has been mandated with the crucial task of monitoring the implementation of human rights as stipulated in the Constitution, including highlighting and addressing human rights violations and seeking effective redress where necessary.