ANC knew all about their loos

2011-05-12 00:00

THE ANC was found out yesterday after the party had claimed ignorance of the open toilets in Viljoenskroon’s Rammulotsi area.

“We were aware of the open toilets in July last year,” the ANC’s secretary in the Free State, Sibongile Basani, admitted to Die Burger yesterday.

“We immediately ordered the municipality to enclose the toilets.

“By the end of December, 200 open toilets had already been enclosed,” he said. were alreadyAt the end of December last yearAan die einde van Desember verlede jaar is 200 van die toilette reeds toegemaak,” het hy gesê.

Die Burger’s two sister newspapers, Rapport and City Press, reported on July 4 and 11, 2010, respectively that there were open toilets in Rammulotsi.

The informal settlement forms part of the Moqhaka municipality which is governed by the ANC.

According to Basani, the ANC leadership in the Free State did not inform their national leaders of the situation, because they had already ordered the municipality to build enclosures around the toilets.

Free State premier Ace Magashule denied that the province had known about the toilets, despite Basani’s confession. Magashule could not be reached for comment on Basani’s confession yesterday, despite repeated attempts by Die Burger.

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka was also informed of the “toilet issue” last year when the Rapport and City Press approached him for comment.

At the time, he said that “urgent, acceptable norms and standards had to be developed for sanitary facilities”.

Shiceka, who is currently on indefinite sick leave, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

His spokesperson, Mbulelo Musi, initially denied that Shiceka was aware of the state of affairs.

Musi said the minister was probably referring to the Makhaza toilets when Die Burger informed him of the comments Shiceka had made last year.

When Musi was told that Shiceka was in fact referring to the Free State toilets, he replied: “To my knowledge, the minister did not know about the toilets in the Free State.”

The ANC’s national leadership were also adamant yesterday that they did not know of the open toilets in the Free State.

“I don’t read the Rapport. I don’t read City Press. I don’t read rotten newspapers,” ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said when he was asked about last year’s newspaper reports.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said: “Do you know how many things we have to handle at Luthuli House?

“Do you have any idea. I’m telling you now that we did not know about it,” he said.

When he was asked whether or not the ANC had read the reports in City Press and Rapport, he replied: “Do you expect us to read every newspaper in the country? Sometimes we are abroad.

“Where must I find the City Press if I am overseas. Sometimes a person is sick. We are also only human,” he said angrily.

“The fact is, we did not know about it and we are being honest about it. And we are finished with this conversation,” he concluded before ending the telephone call.

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