DA wants probe of E Cape school toilets

2013-06-20 17:24

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) must investigate sanitation facilities at schools in the Eastern Cape, the DA said on Thursday.

DA spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren said in a statement the party had asked the SAHRC in a letter to probe the matter.

He said Education MEC Mandla Makhuphula told the provincial legislature, in response to a DA question, that 1 049 schools in the Eastern Cape did not have proper toilet facilities.

"This is a human rights violation on an unprecedented scale, with an estimated 260 000 Eastern Cape children attending a school each day without proper sanitation facilities," Van Vuuren said.

It was unacceptable that almost one in five public schools did not have these basic facilities, he said.

Makhuphula reportedly said 173 schools would receive sanitation before the end of the financial year, and another 913 would be serviced by the end of 2015.

"What we need now is a programme of action from the HRC to establish why in almost 20 years of governance 1 049 schools still do not have toilets," Van Vuuren said.

  • JamesMWood - 2013-06-20 17:39

    I can only imnagine an anc cabinet meeting now, cadre 1 telling cadre 2 "I told you it was a bad idea to go after the DA.

  • KevinKing - 2013-06-20 18:30

    DA, if you said the Holocaust was bad you'd be accused of seeking political points. But thanks for trying to fix our country!

      Jeffery Stokes - 2013-06-20 22:36

      what have they done? other than talking. they certainly didn't establish the office of the auditor general. or establish the national planning commission to improve SA's infrastructure. as far as I know that was the corrupt incompetent ANC that did that.

      Titus Madiba - 2013-06-21 09:10

      Thats so true Jeff and im afraid people are starting to realise they are all talk and no action. Why cant the DA show or even tell us the policies they intend on implementing if they ran government. All they do is talk how bad the ANC is doing thats all they seem to be good at!!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 18:32

    Do we expect the ANC to fling poo at their own ANC buildings? I bet DA 2014!!!

  • Kholofelo Pila - 2013-06-20 18:42

    This latrine joke is boring, so grow up!!!

      Michael Winstanley - 2014-01-15 17:09

      Its not a joke when ANC members throw human waste at an international airport and make South Africans look like pigs

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-20 18:50

    According to our ever caring minister of education, schools don't need toilets. As a matter of fact, they don't need roofs, water, textbooks, desks, etc either.

      Brian Currie - 2013-06-20 19:20

      What's the ANC done in the past 20year SWEET F--K ALL!

      Brian Currie - 2013-06-20 19:21

      What's the ANC done in the past 20year SWEET F--K ALL!

  • Nandi Khambule - 2013-06-20 19:01

    Really now, i swear there was no South Africa 20 yrs ago. At least now something is being done then nothing like before, if people can think clearly what is it that DA does besides blaming ANC for everything

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-20 19:14

      Nandi all the DA SAHRC to do is to investigate the toilet situaion in the EC, did in the Western Cape. Surely that is a fair request. "People in glass houses shoudnt' throw stones"

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 19:43

      Yes you clever boy....go back to your ANC supplied shack

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 19:47

      There was a South Africa 20 years ago, a much better run South Africa I might add

      Kenny Ntamela - 2013-06-20 21:27

      nandi dont worry here @news24 black vs white

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-20 22:10

      And the ANC trolls pull the race card. Shame can't think of any counter points to raise. Wait..let me comes the race card

      Michael Winstanley - 2014-01-15 17:10

      Well they run the Western cape very well with service delivery and no corruption, unlike the ANC provinces.

      Michael Winstanley - 2014-01-15 17:12

      Kenny, you embarrass yourself when you pull the race card and no-one has mentioned race, really lets try to grow up. Next you will be telling people that not voting for the ANC will result in another apartheid. What a joke

  • Andrew Rickard - 2013-06-20 19:05

    That is just such a great headline. Probe with a big stick, perhaps

  • Tshepo Number Ten - 2013-06-20 19:38

    well said Mr Shaw. @nandi, i guess its right to point out the shortcomings of the DA but we have to look the other way when it comes to ANC, right?

  • Tshepo Number Ten - 2013-06-20 19:40

    the DA is just speaking out loud for those who are afraid of to speak.

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 19:46

      That's right...I just wish we could help those forced to vote's not democratic. I understand why people threaten to not vote..they don't threaten to vote for somebody else, because if they did that somebody would kill or beat them up, but if they don't vote they can get away with it...ANC thugs

  • Edmund van Wyk - 2013-06-20 19:45

    That's way they send all there children to WCape for beter schools and toilets down ANC down Viva DA Viva

  • Kirsty 'Orford' Hayward - 2013-06-20 20:05

    The DA dont give a damn about 20 toiletless years or 50 for that matter, its embarrassing that they even pretend to care. The anc don't give damn either as all their head honchos were pooing in exile anyway. And even if they weren't, the gravy boat has spilt on their memory banks, happily eroding any memories of what it means to go without or suffer. They are all as bad as each other. Black, white, pink or blue - they are all rotten to the core.

      Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 20:10

      I see you spelt ANC incorrectly there, just in case you missed it...but with old Wobblearse as your education minister I can understand your shortcomings

  • Richard Scully - 2013-06-20 20:12

    Off the subject, I reckon it was planes like the Guptas that bought in Gadaffis cash

  • Boyisile Stya Dikela Mafilika - 2013-06-21 10:21

    Many people will support such a call.

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