City of Cape Town loses toilet case

2011-04-29 14:13
Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has been ordered to enclose 1 000 toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha after the Western Cape High Court ruled on Friday that it had violated the dignity of residents there.   

Judge Nathan Erasmus also found that police failed to comply with a court order to investigate vandalism of open air toilets.

ANC Cape Town mayoral candidate Tony Ehrenreich was present at the court for the judgment along with Julius Malema and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

As a heavy drizzle began to fall around 11:00, 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.

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

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

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

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

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