IFP calls for revamp of toilets at taxi rank

2012-10-05 00:00

PREGNANT women and children are among the most frequent users of buckets as latrines at Port Shepstone’s taxi rank, according to the Inkatha Freedom Party.

This has disturbed the party’s shadow MEC for human settlements and public works, Inkosi Ngamzizwe Madlala, who visited the rank.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality closed the toilets three months ago because of vandalism, but has not provided alternative facilities.

“The IFP is calling for immediate intervention by the municipality and that those toilets must be revamped and opened,” Madlala said yesterday.

“If that fails then a proper alternative must be in place.”

He added that bucket latrines provided by an entrepreneur who has tried to fill the gap after toilets were closed, created a health hazard and were degrading to users.

“If vandalism was part of the reason they were closed, then maybe there should be [security] guards to make sure the toilets don’t get vandalised once they re-open,” said Madlala.

Maxwell Mbili, head of corporate services at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, said recently the municipality was taking immediate steps to rectify the situation. “The problem could not be solved only by repairing the toilets,” he said.

“The vandalism and theft of sinks and fitting pipes should be prevented and the situation continuously monitored.”

Mbili said they were consulting representatives of the municipality and the taxi industry to forge partnerships that could implement an action plan which would solve the problem.

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