Cosatu kicks up stink over toi­lets

Union fed­er­a­tion at­tacks DA, sup­ports ANCYL’s com­plaint move

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - VUYO MABANDLA

COSATU has now stepped into the furore over the Khayelit­sha toi­lets which were built without walls by the City of Cape Town, say­ing that it sup­ports the ANCYL’s move to lodge a for­mal com­plaint against the mu­nic­i­pal­ity – and at­tacked the DA’s gov­ern­ing skills.

The fed­er­a­tion’s spokesman, Mluleki Mn­tungwa, ac­cused the DA of “vi­o­lat­ing peo­ple’s dig­nity” for giv­ing the hun­dreds of Mak­haza res­i­dents toi­lets with ab­so­lutely no pri­vacy.

Mn­tungwa said yes­ter­day: “Cosatu is dis­mayed at the way the DA-led West­ern Cape gov­ern­ment is treat­ing the poor peo­ple of Mak­haza in Khayelit­sha. (The toi­lets is­sue) is a clear in­di­ca­tion to the peo­ple of South Africa that the DA does not have the in­ter­ests of poor peo­ple at heart.”

The is­sue was brought into the spot­light this week when ANCYLs Dul­lah Omar re­gion deputy chair­man Chu­mile Sali lodged a com­pli­ant with the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (SAHRC), ask­ing that the city be com­pelled to build walls around the 1 400 toi­lets built in 2007.

The lo­cals at Ward 90 Mak­haza sec­tion said this week that they have to cover them­selves with blan­kets when they use the toi­lets. Some were so em­bar­rassed to re­lieve them­selves dur­ing the day that they had to wait un­til dark.

Sali said the toi­lets were an “em­bar­rass­ment” and “a crime against hu­man­ity”.

But the city has shot back, say­ing the ANCYL’s move was a way to “score po­lit­i­cal points”.

City coun­cil­lor Stu­art Pringle, of the Char­lotte Max­eke Sub­coun­cil, said the city was com­mit­ted “to work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide sus­tain­able hous­ing”.

“We were in agree­ment with the res­i­dents in 2007 that we would build tem­po­rary toi­lets, and they would be re­spon­si­ble for build­ing the walls. I have as­cer­tained that of the 1 400 toi­lets we built, 1 350 were walled by the com­mu­nity.”

Pringle said the is­sue had never been raised by res­i­dents be­fore.

“It is there­fore un­for­tu­nate that the ANCYL has cho­sen to by­pass the sub­coun­cil and rush to the me­dia and the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.”

How­ever, Mn­tungwa was adamant that as long as the DA re­mained in power “it will have no in­ter­est in poor peo­ple”.

“It goes without say­ing that the West­ern Cape poor peo­ple will al­ways be treated as sec­ond class. I am not sur­prised that the DA would ac­cuse us of try­ing to score points. We are only mo­bil­is­ing for the sake of the peo­ple. The City of Cape Town should only fo­cus on build­ing de­cent fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple,” said Mn­tungwa.

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