Fedusa wants closure on toilet saga

2011-05-11 14:18

The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has urged politicians to stop squabbling about unenclosed toilets and focus on jobs, poverty alleviation and infrastructure.

Fedusa was appalled at the ongoing “open-air toilet” saga that had received considerable media coverage this week, general secretary Dennis George said in a statement.

“Instead of expending energy and time on pointing out the faults in each other’s municipalities, political officials should be developing solutions and strategies to combat poverty, unemployment and poor infrastructure.”

Fedusa had noted the unfolding political squabbles, initially in the DA-run Khayelitsha district in the Western Cape and subsequently the ANC’s Moqhaka municipality in the Free State.

“Political mudslinging will not bring about enclosed ablution facilities; if there is genuinely no budget allocation for the construction of permanent structures around toilets then municipalities should approach the relevant local and national suppliers for financial and material donations,” George said.

Fedusa called on municipalities to come up with creative and innovative strategies to address the needs of their communities. “We are all facing financial cutbacks due to the global economic recession; our future successes lie in what we can produce with the little we have.”

In the case of the open toilets, municipalities should appeal directly to the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) to aid in developing and building infrastructure in local communities.

“While the politicians are campaigning, the poor and underprivileged people of South Africa are still suffering. Party politics and political rhetoric cannot explain away poor service delivery of any kind,” George said.

In another statement, the Congress of the People called on all South Africans to “expose the ANC for its failure to provide sanitation and for feeding the public lies instead”. “The current ANC leadership has been exposed for what it is – a group of hypocrites.

They were quick to attack the DA for providing ‘open toilets’, yet it is now clear that the ANC provides the same, as in Viljoenskroon,” Cope spokesperson Phillip Dexter said.

In Galashewe, Kimberley, residents had to dig holes in the ground to dispose of human waste.

In Meqheleng, Ficksburg, sanitation was just as bad.

Cope had been receiving reports of open toilets in Heilbron and elsewhere.

“The party is now calling on all South Africans who have no sanitation, poor sanitation, no water and other basic services to stand up and let those in power know that they will no longer put up with their lies. Those who have failed must be voted out of power,” Dexter said. 

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