“Our infrastructure is overburdened and this is a problem in a number of areas in the city. The problem revolves around aged infrastructure and thin pipes,” he said.
Malema said the commission had a constitutional duty to protect the human rights of all South Africans.
“We are not aware that you have taken any steps in fulfilment of the commission’s obligations — and if you have, we would be grateful for such information and what has happened pursuant to your intervention,” he wrote.
Malema accused the municipality of mobilising resources to attempt to clean up the sewage spillages ahead of his oversight visit to avoid public embarrassment.
“This is gross political expediency and reveals that the inhumane conditions our people are subjected to are a result of deliberate negligence and disregard for the human rights of the people of Mangaung.”
Khedama, however, said the municipality had short- and long-term solutions in place and was attending to different queries.
“We are responding to enquiries coming from members of the community, though not all of them because of limitations in resources. We have also developed a plan that is two-phased. In the long-term we intend replacing old pipes with durable and right-sized pipes to accommodate the growing population of Mangaung.
“We are galvanising resources to fund some of the infrastructure projects and things are promising,” he said.
The EFF said it reserved its right to take legal action against the Mangaung municipality.
“If such proceedings are instituted, the commission will also be cited as a respondent party,” said Malema.