Parliament's select committees conduct week-long visits to Grahamstown and Mthatha


Parliament's Select Committees on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Security and Justice and Petitions will, from Monday, conduct oversight visits to the struggling Makana Local Municipality, in Grahamstown, and the Mthatha Maximum Prison, in Mthatha.

These Committees are also expected to hold public hearings on service delivery petitions by residents of Mthatha. 

"The visit to the Makana Local Municipality, as scheduled for Tuesday 08 September, is a follow-up visit by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Select Committee and is intended to gauge whether the placing of this municipality under provincial administration has improved the running of this municipality," said Temba Gubulaa from the Parliamentary Communication Services in a statement.

"The Committee will do this through an interaction with municipal stakeholders such as the Makana Ratepayers’ Association, Business sector, Political Parties, Women and Youth formations as well as representatives from Eastern Cape’s Department of CoGTA. 

"On Wednesday, 09 September, during a visit to Mthatha Maximum prison, Security and Justice Committee members will interact with plans this correctional centre has in ensuring that it deals with challenges facing it. Challenges include overcrowding, long periods of detention for a large number of awaiting trial detainees as well as vague rehabilitation programmes, among others." 

He also said that on Thursday, the Petitions Committee will hold public hearings as a response to petition by residents of Mthatha who have been calling for the National Council of Provinces to help them have their gravel roads tarred and the construction of bridges. 

"On Friday 11, the Committee will hear petitions against the Transkei Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) which has been accused of failure to pay pension monies and severance packages to its former employees."