DA says open toilets are better than nothing

2010-10-27 07:49

The City of Cape Town, which is led by the Democratic Alliance (DA), has released a report on the toilets saga in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing and it remained a “better solution than the national norm”.

“In releasing the report, the city has removed the names of all council officials, political office bearers and contractors as no evidence of wrongdoing was found during the investigation. The city has a responsibility to protect them from unfair and cynical speculation,” the DA said yesterday.

“The report clearly stated that the decision to install the toilets was by agreement with local residents, and the toilets installed were in addition to the ratio of one toilet to every five households installed in Makhaza, in line with the national housing norm.”

The city maintained erecting toilets without enclosures was better than average.

“Throughout this entire matter, the city has demonstrated a willingness to assist residents with limited resources by originally negotiating a better solution than the national norm after residents requested their own toilets rather than communal toilets, and twice volunteering to assist residents who were unable to enclose their own toilets.

“The enclosures that the city constructed for these residents were broken down twice by representatives of the ANC Youth League,” it added.

“The city again confirms that it is willing to reinstall the remaining toilets and re-enclose them with corrugated iron once an assurance is provided that no further destruction of the enclosures will take place.”

The city said it could not discuss the full contents of the report because the matter was currently before the High Court.

Members of the ANC Youth League had asked the court to order that concrete toilets be erected where there were once open-air toilets at Makhaza.

“As the matter is currently before the High Court, it would be premature to discuss its full contents, as it will be dealt with by the City in the answering affidavit that it is currently required to submit by the end of next week,” said the city.

The ANC Youth League application is set to be argued on November 24.

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