Mayor calls for protest over toilets

2010-05-31 11:57

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato has called on Makhaza residents in

Khayelitsha to burn tyres and protest against the ANCYL for destroying toilet

enclosures last week.

“I want to throw it back at the community... that you need to tell

those rude hooligans, those thugs, that you must march and burn tyres against

those hooligans,” Plato said at a press conference at his offices in Cape


“What is happening now is that the Youth League is taking decisions

on the part of the community without the community having any say in it.”

Plato said the unenclosed toilets in Makhaza were removed this

morning. They would be replaced once residents had built enclosures


“We are willing to go back and reinstall the toilets as soon the

community reaches an agreement with the Youth League.”

Plato said charges were laid against the ANCYL last week for

destruction of city property.

“We are also looking at the Youth League’s call to make the City of

Cape Town ungovernable, and so we are looking at a charge of inciting


He said the case was with detectives. “The detectives and officials

have it in hand.”

Plato said the ANC’s criticism of its youth body was “too little,

too late“.

“The ANC leadership did not respond immediately to the actions of

their cadres. It is a week too late. Their actions were not enough. The damage

has been done.”

Plato said the city had reached an agreement with residents and the

ANCYL that it would install the toilets once the enclosures had been built. This

had been done in other parts of Khayelitsha with great success.

“In 2007, the city negotiated an agreement that residents would

contribute to the project by building enclosures around the toilets themselves,”

Plato said.

Of the 1 316 toilets provided in terms of this agreement, 1 265

were properly enclosed by residents. The remaining 51 were not.

“Given that the city has been prevented from building the remaining

enclosures, we have resolved to temporarily remove the toilets until appropriate

enclosures have been built.”

Plato said the city had to remove 65 toilets this morning. He said

this was because some of the residents in Makhaza had sided with the ANCYL and

broke down more enclosures.

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