Marikana residents have no basic service

2016-07-15 06:00
 Photos: siphelele nketo Vuyokazi Mdutyana in one of the Marikana pit toilets.  

Photos: siphelele nketo Vuyokazi Mdutyana in one of the Marikana pit toilets.  

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MORE than 1000 Marikana people have to relieve
themselves in bushes,
others have built pit toilets in
their yard because they don’t have toilets.

The ANC has been campaigning in the area to get voters, and so has the EFF.
On Tuesday, ANC members, including a Ward 10 candidate, Zodidi Mjwara-Tshazi, were in the area to watch a caterpillar dig holes for eight toilets.
According to ANC mayoral candidate, Beki Mtolo, the ruling party has asked a private company to donate eight toilets to the people of Marikana.
“People of Marikana deserve better services like water, toilets and proper housing.”

People had to move to the area, now called Marikana, after being forcefully removed by the municipality from Horseshoe.

Luthuli Mlamleli (63), of Marikana said people support various political parties, however, they still need basic services.
“Anyone can come and campaign in our area - we don’t have a problem, but we need basic services like water and houses.”

Another villager Vuyokazi Mdu-tyana (31), shares her pain of having to use a wooden pit toilet.
“We need toilets so that our dignity as women can be restored.
“Other people relieve themselves in the bush, which is not safe.”

EFF Commissar Dumisani
Dlamini claims that people
have occupied the area through the hard work of EFF, while municipal council was resting, allowing people to build shacks there.

“Anyone can develop in
Marikana, we don’t have a problem as EFF, but people must not forget that we fought for the area.”

On every shack there is a poster representing a political party.

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