Tony Ehrenreich arrives for open-toilet judgment

2011-04-29 10:56

ANC mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich was at the high court in Cape Town today where judgment was expected in the so-called open-toilet saga in Khayelitsha.

He slipped under the yellow barrier tape around the steps of the court and quickly made his way inside.

As a heavy drizzle began to fall around 11am, scores of protesters sang and danced outside court.

Wearing T-shirts bearing President Jacob Zuma’s face, the protesters did not want to speak to media, except to say they were from Khayelitsha.

Curious tourists gathered around, taking photographs.

African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula earlier arrived at the court.

The DA-led City of Cape Town stands accused of violating residents’ right to human dignity after 51 toilets were erected without enclosures in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, in December 2009.

The youth league, on behalf of community members, lodged a complaint about the open toilets with the SA Human Rights Commission in January last year.

The commission recommended to the City that it reinstall the 51 toilets, but the city appealed against the finding.

This was when the youth league decided to launch a court application on behalf of the residents.

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