The politics of the toilet
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.