Open toilets were agreed on
Johannesburg - Toilets were built without walls in Khayelitsha, Cape Town following a 2007 agreement with the
community, chairperson of the local council Stuart Pringle said on Friday.
"My biggest gripe is it's never been
raised with me by the ward councillor, who I work with often and who was the
ward councillor when the agreement was made.
"To me it's an attempt to make
political mileage," he said of criticism the DA was racist.
Pringle, the chairperson of sub-council 10
which includes Khayelitsha, said according to the 2007 agreement the government
would install the toilets and residents would erect the surrounding structures.
Residents would build walls
The council at first told residents they
would erect communal toilets for the area.
Residents, however, preferred to have
individual toilets. A compromise was struck and the council agreed to build the
toilets while residents said they would have the surrounding structures
Since then the council built 1 316 toilets
and the residents covered 1 265 of them.
Pringle said the remaining 51 stayed open
and were at the centre of the current furore.
Residents were reportedly forced to cover
themselves with blankets when using the open facilities in Khayelitsha's
The Pan Africanist Movement on Friday
called on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to publicly apologise to Khayelitsha
"We don't accept that the city has no
funds to build proper toilets for our people, as we know that Cape Town has got the best suburbs in the
country, comparable to the best in the world," Pam secretary-general
Clarence Mayekiso said in a statement.
'Naked racism horrifying'
The movement said it was
"horrified" by the "naked racism" shown by Cape Town's Democratic Alliance-led
The ANC Youth League, with the support of
the ANC, has lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission. In a
letter to SAHRC chairperson Lawrence Mushwana, the league described the matter
as "tantamount to crimes against humanity".
The ANC on Thursday accused the DA of
having no regard for blacks and of being "racial in its outlook".