No End to Toilet Woes

By Drum Digital
17 July 2015

Two years after the poo protests, Khayelitsha residents still don't have toilets. DRUM reporter Siyabonga Kamnqa investigates

An elderly woman lifts her skirt, squats and relieves herself in an open field - in full view of passers-by and motorists whizzing past on the N2 highway between Somerset West and Cape Town International Airport in the Western Cape.

Like hundreds of residents in this sprawl of shacks in Khayelitsha, she has no alternative because, they say, the City of Cape Town is not providing them with adequate toilet facilities.

In 2010, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) accused the City of this violation when it did not enclose the toilets it had provided for residents of Makhaza in Khayelitsha.

And despite the infamous "poo protestors" in 2013, little seems to have changed.

Read more in the July 23 issue of DRUM.

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