The pol­i­tics of the toi­let

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David Lekhele via email

This is Mok­gotho Di­bo­neng Sal­dah (pic­tured). She lives in Ga-Mok­gotho vil­lage near Burg­ers­fort, which is part of the Greater Tu­batse Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Lim­popo.

When all her neigh­bours got toilets from the govern­ment, she ap­proached her ward coun­cil­lors to find out when she would get one. How­ever, a ward com­mit­tee mem­ber – who be­longs to the ANC – had seen her wear­ing an Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) beret, so he told her to go ask party leader Julius Malema for a toi­let.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the lo­cal in­duna, but he could not help Sal­dah.

She con­fronted the ward com­mit­tee mem­ber three times, but each time she was told to go to Malema.

This is not the first time residents have been treated this way by ward of­fi­cials be­cause they do not sup­port the ANC.

Mok­gotho Ru­fus died with­out elec­tric­ity. He was told by the same ward com­mit­tee mem­ber that his shack would not be elec­tri­fied, be­cause he was a mem­ber of the Congress of the Peo­ple.

It is sad that, in a demo­cratic coun­try, peo­ple are still iso­lated on the ba­sis of their political af­fil­i­a­tion. Very sad, in­deed.

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