Govt toilets not for sale - Cosatu

2011-07-13 14:06

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Officials cannot sell government toilets that are supposed to be provided for free, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said on Wednesday.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said poor people could not pay for toilets or low-cost houses, which they were entitled to be given for free.

He was responding to the recent toilets scandal in Tshiame near Harrismith in the Free State, where the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality has built 1 000 toilets on land earmarked for low cost houses, and intends to sell sites with toilets for R12 000.

"In any case, the toilets are so close together that it will be impossible for people to build houses on the adjoining land," Craven said in a statement.

'Ugly face of corruption'

Craven said the police must investigate and arrest any councillors or officials found to be guilty of corruptly profiteering at the expense of the poor.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Tuesday described the situation as the "true and ugly face of corruption and misuse of power".

"The Harrismith toilet-saga represents the ugly face of the kind of corruption we have been calling people to stand together against.

"This represents the worst form of planning which degrades the dignity of the poorest of the poor," he said in a statement.

Sexwale was to visit the township of Tshiame on Wednesday in order to see for himself the extent of the scandal.

Confusion over enclosures

In the Free State's first toilet row in May, the Human Rights Commission received a complaint that 1 600 toilets in the ANC-run Moqhaka municipality had been left without enclosures for the past eight years.

The matter was apparently the result of an agreement between the municipality and local residents, that the municipality would provide the sanitation and residents would erect the enclosures.

Residents have denied this.

A similar matter attracted huge attention in the Western Cape.

On April 29 the Western Cape High Court ordered the DA-led City of Cape Town to enclose 1 316 toilets in the Makhaza settlement on the Cape Flats.
- SAPA
Read more on:    cosatu  |  human settlements  |  tokyo sexwale  |  patrick craven  |  bloemfontein  |  housing  |  service delivery
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
52 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may be bothering you. A flooded mind and impulsive reactions are not a good combination as you are not thinking clearly....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.