Free State toilets - 'residents' rights violated'

2011-05-16 18:48

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission has found that the rights and dignity of residents in the Moqhaka municipality in the Free State were violated when they were forced to use open toilets.

In its findings, released in a statement on Monday, the commission said the municipality's explanation, that it lacked adequate resources, was not justified and "therefore unacceptable".

"The respondent failed to adequately conceptualise, plan and implement its project which resulted in the residents being forced to use unenclosed toilets."

It said the measures provided by the municipality did not meet the "reasonable" standard of the right to water and sanitation services.

"The complaint of violations to the rights of human dignity, privacy, and a clean environment are upheld."

The commission found that the provincial and national government did not "adequately monitor" the municipality's work or intervene in respect of their legislative and constitutional obligations.

The Democratic Alliance had lodged a complaint with the SAHRC last year when 1 600 unenclosed toilets were discovered in the ANC-run municipality.

In a similar incident in the DA-run Western Cape, Cape Town was ordered to enclose over 1 000 toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha in May.

In a statement, the opposition said the ANC used the open toilet saga to portray the DA as being racist and called for an apology.

"The DA calls on the ANC to retract and apologise for its accusations of racism, made against the Democratic Alliance in relation to the situation in Makhaza," spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

"The ANC has used the issue of open toilets to portray the DA as racist. Now more than ever the ANC needs to focus on service delivery rather than racial rhetoric and good governance rather than divisiveness."

Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency Collins Chabane said his department was working with National Treasury to monitor the implementation of infrastructure delivery.

It would also work with the human settlements ministry to investigate what led to the building of the toilets by the municipality.

Chabana said he was concerned with the provision of open toilets and would ensure it was not repeated again anywhere in the country.

- SAPA

Read more on:    da  |  sahrc  |  anc  |  politics  |  open toilets
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
47 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Shilowa supports Vote No campaign

Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has come out in support of the Vote No! Campaign launched recently by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, says a report.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer 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

Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 has a beautiful one-piece, unibody design where...

From R2899.85

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be good at organising events but they do take their toll on your energy levels. You may need some time out today just to...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.