Toilets vandalised

2015-10-21 06:00
THE terrible state of the toilets, which were erected last year, after they had been vandalised.

Boipelo Mere

THE terrible state of the toilets, which were erected last year, after they had been vandalised. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“NOW we have to go back to relieving ourselves in the veld, just like we had to do before 2014, since our toilets were vandalised by our own people.

“Although we are aware that the public toilets initiative has been abolished by the new government, these public toilets served a purpose, as the veld next to the railway had become unsafe and a rape hazard to us.”

Those were the comments from a group of angry women of Tombson shacks in Greenpoint, Kimberley, regarding the vandalised and unhealthy public toilets that were built for them in 2014.

According to them, the toilets were erected early in 2014 with promises that it was a temporary arrangement.

The toilets deteriorated into a sorry state after the caretaker’s contract was terminated by the Sol Plaatje Municipality. On top of that, it became vandalised.

During a visit by Express Northern Cape

, it was noted that parts of the walls were removed, toilets were overflowing with sewerage and taps and basins were removed.

The women said the community appreciated the toilets so much that they worked together in finding ways of solving any challenges regarding its maintenance.

“We, the community, worked very well with the caretaker. For example, we would use buckets of water to flush when the toilets were blocked.

“Now we have to go back to the veld and would sometimes be accompanied by our children, which is a disgrace. You can imagine when nature calls at night,” added the concerned women.

The women complained that the culprits, who vandalised the toilets, are members of the community who are up to mischief. These culprits now also use the structures as hideouts for criminal activities and to use drugs.

“They know exactly when to strike. The last time, I passed the toilets on my way to a funeral all doors were fixed to the structure. When I returned all four doors were removed.”

In response to the complaints, Sello Matsie, the communication manager at the Sol Plaatje Municipality, said that a contractor was appointed some time ago, but the contract ran into challenges and was cancelled. The toilets were vandalised but the municipality is looking to provide a solution.”

The DA ward committee member from the nearby Diamond Park, Pakiso Tshiloane Phakisa, said a community meeting will be held at the Diamond Park open ground where residents of Ward 22 and 25 will finalise the details of a planned protest march to the Sol Plaatje Municipality regarding poor service delivery.

“The theme of the protest is March against empty promises of Sol Plaatje and the Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) department, ” he said

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