World Toilet Day: ‘Some magistrates won’t share’

2008-11-18 00:00

Prosecutors at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court are again raising a stink over the refusal by some magistrates to share their toilets.

The issue arose again after a complaint lodged by local magistrates with the Magistrates’ Commission. Two district court magistrates this week allegedly insisted again on padlocking the loo in their corridor.

The Witness was told that the magistrates apparently felt their rights were being infringed.

Ironically, the row coincides with World Toilet Day today, recognising people’s rights to sanitation.

A source at the court said prosecutors are “flabbergasted” by the “unacceptable” behaviour of the magistrates.

Prosecutors have resolved to take the matter up with the Equality Court.

The practical reality is that the building was not designed to provide adequate toilet facilities for the prosecutors and other court officials, and the public toilets are filthy.

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