More toilets of shame

2011-05-14 09:02

Pietermaritzburg  - In France township residents have toilets. The toilets have walls. They have an outlet pipe. But for five years these outlet pipes have remained unconnected.

As a result many residents started to use the portable toilets that council provided. But these are now full and haven’t been emptied for a while.

After living for more than five years with a toilet inside her one-room RDP house, 60-year-old Florence Bhengu said she has yet again been promised that her problem would be solved.

“For years we have been suffering because these toilets are filling up and are spilling into houses,” she said.

“They now come here and promise that they’ll fix our toilets of shame because they want us to vote for them. They must just forget about my vote,” she added.

However, like many other residents in France - the low cost area outside Imbali in Pietermaritzburg - Bhengu doubts the promise. She suspects that it is just a ploy to get her to vote for ANC, which governs Msunduzi Municipality.

The area falls under ANC councillor Alpha Shelembe, former council speaker, who is aware of the problem.


The France toilet saga follows the pattern of similar problems, first identified in DA-run Cape Town and targeted by the ANC, before town after town run by the ANC in other provinces were also exposed as having open toilets.

Bhengu's granddaughter, 18-year-old  Slindile Nkabinde owns a nearby house. She has opted to demolish her internal toilet because of what it does to her house.

Nkabinde’s neighbours have dug holes outside their houses, which they use to dump the effluent from their toilets.

Others are using 41 mobile toilets, which were supplied to them by the municipality last year at a cost of R41?000 per month. Those toilets are now filled up and are unusable since the authority last collected the buckets more than two months ago.

According to the municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma, Msunduzi needs R2m to supply 2?000 mobile toilets in the area while there are no permanent structures.


“We have been reporting the problem to the municipal office for years and nothing has ever been done. Now that we are approaching elections they come here with a promise of attending to the problem. They think we are stupid,” said 31-year-old Tshengisile Latha.

 Zuma said the municipality requires R90m to eradicate the problem “for good”.

“We have sought the intervention of the national government. The department of human settlement has promised to give us R40m to install waterborne toilets,” he said.

Zuma said the problems were either caused by the constructor who abandoned their work before completing the houses, or because the area is so rocky it is difficult to install a proper sewerage system.

  • Vlooi - 2011-05-14 09:15

    WTF? "Nkabinde’s neighbours have dug holes outside their houses, which they use to dump the effluent from their toilets." vs "or because the area is so rocky it is difficult to install a proper sewerage system."

      cerveza - 2011-05-14 09:25

      @vlooi - that is why zuma gave 2 excuses, where people dug holes it is the contractor's fault for disappearing, everywhere else the good honest hardworking contractors can not dig into the rocky ground. Luckily for the ANC the people doing the planning and handling the money are always innocent, it is not their fault their cousins left without finishing the job

      saabnut - 2011-05-14 09:49

      This cannot be! The whole world is lying and trying to discredit the ANC before May 18... Isn't it remarkable how much s@#& is coming back at them after their self- righteous Makhaza trick???

      clark - 2011-05-14 10:21

      - Zuma/Anc scratching around for excuses and someone/ something to blame. A contractor- " who abandoned their work" - the fall guy. Zuma, here's how the system works; tender for work goes out to all the BBBEE compliant contractors. Note, not capable, honest contractors, only BBBEE compliant ones. Tenders are then adjudicated in secrecy and presto it's awarded to the Mayor's / municipal managers -husband, wife, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, lover, niece, nephew. .. or if not to a family member/relative, then to the one offering the biggest bribe. Most importantly,payment in full, before the job is'nt even half completed , is essential. So , not only was the job awarded to the highest tender, they then hit the jackpot by not completing the work, and ' run away'. They run aways are never found, charged,sued, forced to complete the work etc. etc - and of course the Anc officials implicated ,involved and responsible carry on regardless ( pay rise/promotion likely) and rub their hands in delight for the next big tender. And the Anc expect, no, demand that we ordinary citzens be law obiding and tax compliant. The Anc , has two looming uprisings ahead - The people without their promised service delivery and the tax payers who've already paid for those undelivered services. Yet the circus continues.

      Judgmental - 2011-05-14 11:11

      In most cases when the ANC is caught out (as it regularly is)they normally have "egg on their faces" but this time I think we can safely say they have "Shit on their faces"

      vivr - 2011-05-14 13:51

      If a private developer builds a housing estate he has to lay on the water, sewerage, roads and electrical infrastructure, and have it passed by the municipality, before he can start building houses. So why is it different in a RDP development?

      vtowntekkie - 2011-05-15 07:15

      @saabnut-what you sow..........eish ntatie!

      Wes - 2011-05-15 09:04

      Eish this white magic thing the toilet you bosha in it and she disappears How!!! for 5 years we think she is wakking now they tell us we must fagga ma pipe Eish Ungaze!!!!

      grumpy - 2011-05-15 10:35

      the ANC must have something against toilets

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-14 09:20

    This whole toilet issue just shows the level of K@K service one can expect from cANCer!!! (Pun intended)

      Blougroen - 2011-05-14 13:48

      Yes - why dont they just send Julius in to kick over the toilets - then they will be empty again and he will be a national hero that one can really entrust your vote to . . . . .

  • Achmed - 2011-05-14 09:22

    This shitty story has now turned to sewerage plant. Oh no. That does not work either.

  • - 2011-05-14 09:22

    and the ANC target the DA for walls to 60 odd toilets. The sh1t has now hit their face.Was going to happen and they will lose votes. Mandela was the only true leader that worried about the people before himself. The party is now only want to 'part' for themselves. may they rot in hell.

  • Bill - 2011-05-14 09:22

    Ooooh Paleeeease!!! Enough of your cr*p excuses ANC! Deliver or give it to someone that can do the job properly! It's not the area that is's your head that is!

  • ji - 2011-05-14 09:26

    the ANC has really stuffed up , they could`nt wait to look for a fault in CAPE TOWN yet nearly every ANC monkeypality has failed the people . the ANC is a phatetic party run and supported by pathetic thieves and uneducated idiots , VOTE DA AND SAVE SOUTH AFRICA .

  • clark - 2011-05-14 09:29

    - - And finally, some black folk who are seeing right through the lies and broken promises of the Anc. The ball is rolling .

      HCrouse - 2011-05-14 11:30

      She won't vote DA. She just won't vote.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-05-14 12:16

      @HCrouse Well, look on the bright side - a "no vote" for the ANC is equal to half a vote for the DA. Enough of those, plus the ex-ANC voters now voting for the ex-ANC independents, will give the DA a good chance in many wards.

  • Perfume - 2011-05-14 09:30

    Things are getting worse for the Association of National Criminals!!

      Lennox - 2011-05-14 09:58

      My goodness, I was never an avid believer in karma but thanks to the ANC I have been won over. because the area is so rocky it is difficult to install a proper sewerage system........the sewerage system must be in place prior to building the houses then each house, once built gets connected to it. If the area is so rocky you won't be able to dig the trenches for the foundations. But then again most of us been connected to the sewerage system of the ANC for 17 years now, listening to all their crap about this and that for the poor people.

  • GeorgeSA - 2011-05-14 09:34

    There is a saying "If you live in a glass house, don't throw rocks" Maybe the ANC should have done their homework on the skeletons in their closet before trying to score cheap points.

      Daniel123 - 2011-05-14 14:39

      Or if your toilet is not enclosed or connected to the sewerage system don't throw sh@t.

  • Father-Time - 2011-05-14 09:38

    You get what you vote for. No sympathy here.

      HCrouse - 2011-05-14 11:33


  • Gatvol - 2011-05-14 09:42

    Fire the ANC buggers! They are useless. Vote for someone else

  • Slapper - 2011-05-14 09:44

    The Scum has risen to the surface and we are seeing it more often now. It amazes me that the ANC has gotten away with it for so long

  • John - 2011-05-14 09:45

    Vote for a sh$t. Viva ANC, viva.

  • ambrose dibetso - 2011-05-14 09:50

    toilets n more of toilets

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-14 09:58

    Even though I am thoroughly irritated by this topic, I still think this is delicious irony. Or shall we call it poetic justice?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-14 10:27

      how about a "godawfull f*ckup"?

  • ? - 2011-05-14 10:03

    Before whites came here,here were no toilets,whats the problem now all of a sudden? I was really amazed to see those 1000 toilets arrive last week out of nowhere on TV for the Midvaal previously disadvantaged.Where were they all the time? Gathering dust for the last 5 years? I guess the folks in France township deserve what they voted for,why cry now? Bonjour to them and hope they say "Merci" to the ANC municipality for the "Excellent "service they received for the last 5 years and also say "Merci" for the free Jacob Zuma t-shirts they got last week. As they say in French "Où sont les toilettes " - Where are the toilets? Merci Merci Merci

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-14 10:08

      Excuses moi, Que a pete?

      Ozymandios - 2011-05-15 12:17

      No in French its merde. Forget the merci bit.

  • Fred - 2011-05-14 10:14

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black !!!! My goodness, how this toilet saga has backfired on the ANC. Great stuff !!! This is what happens when you send Malema in to destroy the toilet enclosures in Makhaza so you can score a couple of cheap political points. Maybe this will teach Zuma a lesson .... Get rid of Malema now. And then, hopefully the electorate will wake up enough to get rid of Zuma and the useless ANC as well.

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-14 10:16

      Zuma's nickname should be Black Homer (not the Greek poet, the cartoon character).

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-14 10:17

    Yet another Zuma who has no idea as to what he is talking about!! Maybe he should ask his ANCestors for assistance???

      Achmed - 2011-05-14 10:29

      Maybe it is time he joined his ancestors and may way for somebody honest, with morals and ethics and some degree of brains to run the country.

  • Brownskin - 2011-05-14 10:24

    this election are about toilets, nothing more. maybe instead of counting the vote on the 18th, we must count the "kak" of everyone.

      ? - 2011-05-14 10:31

      But thatll mean more ANC votes when u just count the kak which means we will be deeper in the kak then. A better way to count the votes is to let every person who owns their own toothbrush get one vote,that way opposition parties stand a better chance.

  • Zinki - 2011-05-14 10:25

    It's good that it's all coming out now just before the elections. Notice how quiet the ANCYL are. I hope some of these poor voters have seen the light...

  • euro-african - 2011-05-14 10:29

    "Now that we are approaching elections they come here with a promise of attending to the problem. They think we are stupid,” said 31-year-old Tshengisile Latha. Yes, they do think you are stupid and the anc want you to remain that way. That way you will keep believing their lies and vote for them. Wake up people, vote for somebody else and force the anc to work for your vote. Look what happened for the people of Midvaal. The anc actually delivered something for a change. Why? Because they had to convince you to vote for them. Voting for someone else will only make the anc work harder to meet your needs. That is Democracy. Use your vote wisely, vote against the anc.

      M - 2011-05-14 16:09

      Yes, but only right before the elections. Municipal elections will only happen in 5 years time again, provincial/national in 3. What about all the days, weeks, months and years in between.

  • MalKoei - 2011-05-14 10:35

    Mr Zuma, please use a jack hammer if their is rock!! Was invested long time ago

      djg - 2011-05-14 10:38

      or use his head - it should do the job..

  • djg - 2011-05-14 10:41

    Cut all the crap..pardon the is actually a disgrace that this type of thing keeps happening on zuma's watch - they do not care about their own people - they should be ashamed

  • Achmed - 2011-05-14 10:46

    Seems as if this time round the t-shirts are replaced with a bucket of KAK. Filled up regularly at political rallies.

  • Frank - 2011-05-14 10:54

    somebody please give these guys a soap box to tell the whole of SA who do not have internet or access to tv what the anc has done to them.....

      Andrew - 2011-05-14 17:57

      Extremely valid point, the average populace simply is not informed.

  • Louis - 2011-05-14 11:19

    where in the world is the main focus of an election the condition of toilets?ex africa semper novi-

      HCrouse - 2011-05-14 11:41

      More like nothing new out of Africa. This is the same pre-election bull as with any other election. Next month Zuma will simper and charm and appease the people he so rudely offended in his cheap attempts to score a few votes. But toilets ARE actually the issue. Basic service delivery is what municipal elections should be about.

      Fanny Mc Pee - 2011-05-14 14:15

      more like semper in excretia - altra variat!

  • Madelane - 2011-05-14 11:41

    For the ANC and all its affiliates the lavish lifestyle with expensive cars and sushi parties are far more important than any citizen in the country. I just hope and pray that people will not buckle under Zumas threats of ancestor disapproval and vote these self serving idiots out of power.

  • Neville - 2011-05-14 11:46

    I am a White, South African and I am APPAULED at what the ANC is doing to gain votes this time round. I feel for these people living with overflowing toilets whether they voted for the ANC OR NOT. The facts are blatant that the ANC IS IN CHARGE IN THIS AREA!!!! THE FIRST RULE OF MANAGEMENT IS: IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG IN AN ORGANISATION, IT IS MANAGEMENTS FAULT. These guys need to stop being sissies. The second rule of management which is no less important than the first is to CARE for your people. The possibility and probability of severe health risks knocking on the compressed toilet lids is soon to become another burden on the already heavily taxed, tax-payer. Zuma will most probably fire the minister of health next or swop the seat in parliament to excuse away his own bad management skills. WHAT HAPPENED TO BLACK POWER? IT IS AFTERALL THE BLACK VOTE WHICH ULTIMATELY GIVES THE ANC THE MANDATE, FIRE THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT. IF THE ANC GOVERNMENT WAS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN A COMPANY IN SA THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED FOR MISMANAGEMENT AND IMPRISONED FOR FRAUD. IT IS TIME WE FIRE THIS ELETIST GROUP AND THE NEXT IF THEY DO THE SAME. I DO NOT CARE WHICH PARTY IS IN CHARGE, IF THEY STUFF UP THEY SHOULD BE FIRED. IF I HAVE TO STICK TO THE RULES SO SHOULD THEY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! I appeal to every RATIONAL THINKING SOUTH AFRICAN TO SIMPLY THINK, AND DO NOT FEAR TO VOTE OUT CORRUPTION. LET US SHOW POLITICIANS AND THE WORLD THAT WE DO HAVE BALLS. VIVA SOUTH AFRICANS VIVA!!!!

      cheese - 2011-05-14 16:44

      Well said Neville

      brown_bread - 2011-05-15 09:27

      Good solid points, although I dont see the point to refer to your race, was it intended to add something to this?

      Ozymandios - 2011-05-15 12:31

      Brown Bread its good that he mentioned his race so everyone else can now blame apardheid. I was very against apradheid as it allowed a whole lot of people to think they were Rocket Scientists when they weren't. And a whole lot who claimed to be treated as Rocket Scientists and weren't. The deathly silence amongst all of this toilet and ANC talk is "What has FW deKlerk had to say baout all of this?" Not a word. If everyone had the same level of education back in 1960 then the rats and mice would have fallen away very quickly and stayed in the gutter no matter what their race, and we may have had a better educated Black population who would not have been so easily conned by this ANC claptrap. Sure hindsight is an exact science but then where is our education system today after 17 years of ANC rule? Still keeping the masses un-educated so they can be controlled. The elite go to Private Schools. So what's new compared to the last government? The elite shall rule and the masses must eat cake. Ja well let's see how long it takes for the 'peasants' to rise up. Mary Antoinette found out what happens when you try and suppres people for too long.

      Neville - 2011-05-15 19:28

      @brown-bread: Yes, it was, I am a white South African, born that way and if one white can CARE about fellow countryman who are living in shit, then there is possibly hope that others will follow suite without fear of retribution from their community. I CARE @OZYMANDIOS: A cynical opening statement I assume? The old regime prior to FW was a group of nutters, however the current guys are no better. Apartheid was the brainchild of uneducated fear mongering politicians of the day, who incidentally would have had us arrested just for this discussion. The politicians of today try to fear monger the past in order to excuse away their failures and stay in power for personal gain. On your point of education I agree, as understanding the problem is half-way to the solution, the other half requires dedication and willingness to work at it and not play the blame game. No excuses policy should be the order of the day. Living in the past will only re-create the past, see what has happened. Appreciate the present, if it has improved. If ít has not, do whatever you can about it but it must be positive. However small the effort may be. OH YES: FW is no longer involved in party politics, thank goodness... I also did not hear Nelson say anything... Did you? So I believe that all these issues need to be addressed by the current and future public servants whom we vote in and not by retired old men. If we vote wrong, it's our fault not apartheid's fault! Coffee smells good, does it?

  • VROT PAMPOEN - 2011-05-14 11:57

    The 'ancestors" must be cr*pping themselves!!

  • Daan - 2011-05-14 11:58

    Nog meer stront!!

      Heks - 2011-05-15 20:43

      En ons praat NIE van mielies!

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-14 12:29

    18 year old Slindile Bhengu owns a nearby house. For how long has she been the owner of this house? When did she obtain her ID? For how many years was she on the waiting list and are there any people older than her who have noy accessed the RDP houses? Just me!

      Margaret2 - 2011-05-14 13:40

      Just a guess, but could she perhaps be looking after younger siblings because the parents have died, possibly, but not necessarily, from AIDS, in which case it could be justified? Or, maybe at her tender age she already has a couple of kids of her own which would be her own fault unless she was raped.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-14 12:36

    Oh! lastly, is she related to the 60 year old Florence Bhengu who also lives in the same area? and also, what is the surname of the ward elected official/coucillor?

  • Huisbewoner - 2011-05-14 13:52

    And Mr. Shithouse Malemma disappeared from the scene. Not a squeak from that mouse any more!

  • Huisbewoner - 2011-05-14 13:53

    And Mr. Shithouse Malemma disappeared from the scene. Not a squeak from that mouse any more!

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-05-14 13:54

    Put simply, it is once again an ANC council FAILING to deliver the basic needs of the poor!

  • sannas - 2011-05-14 14:38

    Jacob Zuma's latest ploy to get votes for the ANC is to tell the people that if they don't vote the ancestors will leave them. What a joke! Anybody who believes that crap is even more stupid than Zuma. If the ancestors love the corrupt ANC leaders who don't fulfill their promises and who pilfer from the state coffers regularly so that there isn't money to pay decent, honest contractors to build proper houses and toilets then the ancestors must PLEASE leave! This is why ANC politicians want to keep the majority black voters stupid, so they can tell them anything and the stupid mob believe it, same goes for Malema.

  • senkgisha - 2011-05-14 14:40

    Even the showerman doesn't have prober explanation?WTF is that and because they are taking advantag of the people,they keep on going advice to showerman...go to those who benefits the most to vote for you!!!WE ARE SICK AND TIRD OF YOUR "AFRICAN NATIONAL CRIMINALS"!!!

  • cheese - 2011-05-14 16:39

    Bieng a strong ANC member I think its time now action are taken againts the few incompetent, fraudulant and greed driven individual within us for the good of our organisation.

      Fred - 2011-05-14 16:52

      I fully agree with you, BUT that is not going to happen. If you want to see things start improving you might as well accept the fact that you should vote the DA in. At least they use all the money they are allocated for the right purposes, and they fire corrupt officials.

      regularguy - 2011-05-14 17:11

      Hmm you must be aware that its not only a few incompetent individuals??? If all corrupt people are removed at this moment, there will be a lot of vacant positions to be filled!!! And yes, as a DA supporter I will get stoned for my next comment, but if these individuals had better training before they were put into powerful positions, there would have been a lot more competent people in power. Its unfortunately what happens when one give someone power that are not use to manage it properly . the moment they realize they have power and money, they start misusing it and quickly forgets about the people that put them there in the first place !!!

      HCrouse - 2011-05-14 18:54

      The basic problem is that governing positions were handed out as "awards" for struggle heroes. As if fighting a handful of up-their-own-arse Nats somehow qualifies you for running a country. These poor a-holes are mostly completely out of their depth and cannot manage the volume of work that goes into the job. They should have all received generous payouts and retired in style, instead of becoming these bloated Animal Farm pigs they now are. T

      Neville - 2011-05-14 20:16

      Hi Cheese, I see at least Tokyo has taken note, at least ONE ANC member can be counted with brains and balls with his latest statement. A little too late however to save the ANC I believe. He is afterall minister of housing and should have had the skins of the guys who stuffed up with our money a long time ago. I somehow believe in all my "conservatism" that if he had been in Zuma's chair your party would have been in a far better light. He knows how to run a business and if, and only if, he applied the same dilligence to politics and governance as he does to business he would make a success of running OUR country. You give me hope for the future when we can talk across the fence without slinging mud or slop buckets.

  • bushbooi - 2011-05-14 16:56

    Another kak storie from the ANC and it's Chief..

  • Zebelon - 2011-05-14 17:13

    Whatever story you have, do'nt compare apples to offal,simply in an attempt to drive your point home. The France and the Cape Town differ in many respects.

  • Zebelon - 2011-05-14 17:21

    Still want to listen to anything said by a Zuma!

  • Zupta - 2011-05-14 17:56

    The next time i c zuma or malema in my location I am going to off load this bucket of shite firstly in his car. Then the next bucket over his head. Bloody swines!!!! And they want my vote. Pastard Agents

      Heks - 2011-05-15 20:45

      Careful Zupta. You will land up in court(look at what s happening to the guy whgo tipped his glass over Zooma at the races!

  • lightning - 2011-05-14 17:57

    Zuma said the problems were either caused by the constructor who abandoned their work before completing the houses, or because the area is so rocky it is difficult to install a proper sewerage system. How the hell can we believe them - THEY LIE THE BUGGERS THEY LIE!

  • HCrouse - 2011-05-14 20:12

    I don't think corruption is the cause for this kind of shoddy workmanship, per se. Corruption happens everywhere there is a big tender out. Someone always tries to convince someone with a envelope, a holiday, promise of future favours etc. The problem here is the sheer greed involved. If bribes and favours clocked at around, say 10-15% of the final price... - there's seriously nothing weird happening. It's business as usual. But here, and I have this from source, up to 50% of your awarded tender must flow back. So you have a 30 mil job. You quote 70. pay 35 for the privilege , and now only stand to make 5 mil. If anything goes wrong, you risk your own profit, so you do the job as cheaply as possible or even abandon it, rather than risk your own cash. It's safe, because those who got the 35mil have a vested interest in keeping the status quo.

  • fpstevens - 2011-05-14 20:30

    "18-year-old Slindile Nkabinde owns a nearby house", 18 year old kids are now receiving RDP housing? So much for earning your own way. or Giving houses to those who really deserve/need them.

      Heks - 2011-05-15 20:47

      Damn disgrace!

  • Ai! Ai! - 2011-05-14 20:32

    Zuma running round like a cat on a hot plat trying to cover up the ANC's inefficiency. It is election time. Guard Zuma, guard, the chickens have come home to roost!

      HCrouse - 2011-05-14 22:10

      Gijima mfana, gijima!

  • Petro50 - 2011-05-14 23:53

    This could make a great Hollywood movie. Only problem is that it won't be a box office hit as the people that or not staying in SA will think it is too far fetched. In the Western Cape the DA was blamed for the open toilets. They decided to do something about it and Juliass came and caused a riot. they even went to court. Here the ANC are blamed for the toilets and they just deny that they have anything to do with it. By denying that their is a problem (as usual), nothing is done (as ususal). People are used to the ANC doing nothing so they keep quiet. Juliass keep quiet. Voters will blame the people that are not doing their job and not the ANC, because they do not see the connection. On top of that, there is no court case about human indignity, because a case cannot be made if there are nobody to blame. Come 18 May, the voters will vote for the ANC. a Month later they will protest against the same people that they voted into Goverment. This will give the ANC 'permission' to even become more pathetic as they cannot be touched. What a crazy world we live in.

  • Blip - 2011-05-15 06:51

    Yip --- ANC failed yet again in service delivery. But, hey, you VOTED for those bozos so you've simply got what you voted for. Moral of the story? Vote differently next week.

  • pig - 2011-05-15 06:55

    the contractor most probably not paid, the money went to anc pockets !!!

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-05-15 07:42

    Well if the 1600 toliets in the Free State broke the Pres's heart, this is likely to finish him off.