Poor sanitation shocks Winnie

2011-11-02 11:36

Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has expressed shock at the state of sanitation facilities across the country, it was reported on Wednesday.

"There are serious shortcomings in the implementation of the sanitation programme," the Sowetan newspaper quoted Madikizela-Mandela as saying.

"I have personally been shocked at how grave these shortcomings are, especially as they seem to expose our weakness 17 years after 1994."

Madikizela-Mandela was speaking in East London, Eastern Cape, during a five-day programme to assess the state of sanitation facilities across the country.

She said her team would "leave no stone unturned" in improving the lives of victims of poor service delivery.

"We want to assure you that this task team will spare no one. We shall investigate these irregularities and malpractices [which are] hampering the implementation of the programme," Madikizela-Mandela said.

Applicants ‘desperately poor’

Human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale announced the task team on September 6, with a mandate to visit municipalities with housing related problems. It would give a full report and recommendations in three months.

This follows news reports on open toilets in the Western Cape and Free State in May.

On Tuesday, residents of the Silahliwe informal settlement, east of Johannesburg, sought an order against Sexwale from the South Gauteng High Court, reported the Sowetan.

They were demanding land and sanitation facilities because Sexwale, the Gauteng department of housing and the Ekurhuleni municipality had "failed" them.

Their affidavit read: "Most of the applicants are desperately poor, and most of them have no income whatsoever.

"In Silahliwe squatter camp, applicants live in shacks without water, electricity, sewerage or refuse removal systems..."

  • SpearTheMighty - 2011-11-02 11:46

    I think Tokyo is the snake in the grass that is supporting Malema. Used to like him, not so much now.

      MWF - 2011-11-02 12:30

      "I have personally been shocked at how grave these shortcomings are, especially as they seem to expose our weakness 17 years after 1994." OH!, So that's the ANC's kryptonite, their weakness is their inability to keep things clean. Here I thought it was crime, corruption and greed. Seems you learn something new everyday.

      Dave - 2011-11-02 12:32

      Wonder how much the taxpayers are giving Winnie for her services, she does not come cheep ask her ex.

      MWF - 2011-11-02 12:36

      Not to worry, Malema will find some way to blame the Apartheid/White Supremacy as the reason that these facilities are not clean. After all, it surely cannot be the ANC's fault that the municipality doesn't clean up after their ANC voting citizen's act like pigs and vandalise and trash every public toilet to the point of non-use. There must be some deep seated apartheid scarring that leads to the enjoyment of living in filth, naturally.

      Vuyo - 2011-11-02 13:26

      Servaas, that was sharp, very sharp. You're on your sharp side today :D

      Francois - 2011-11-02 13:27

      Spear the Mighty, what is the diffence between Malema and a bucket that was filled in a bucket toilet? The bucket!

      Servaas - 2011-11-02 14:13

      Thanks Vuyo.. LOL

  • Richard - 2011-11-02 11:51

    Wow after 17 years suddenly everybody seems to wake up and promises to fix things. Can this have something to do with upcoming elections. I wonder .... not.

  • Johnno - 2011-11-02 11:55

    They only got themselves to blame or does ANC still blame apartheid now after 17 yrs ?

      dirk.smit1 - 2011-11-02 12:04

      Apartheid will always be the source of all evil. It is the white mans fault that the current government is stealing money from taxpayers. Why white men, because it is seen that Apartheid is a white man inovation. But apartheid is being sowed currently all over the world, they just call it something different - Affirmative Action.

  • Jaco - 2011-11-02 12:01

    Says the murdering cow...

  • Koos - 2011-11-02 12:04

    Give somebody a nice fat tender - or even Roux - corruption!!

  • Gary - 2011-11-02 12:07

    oooooooooh another task team.......

      Michael - 2011-11-02 14:55

      oooh yes Gary, and there'll probably be a number of probes launched too. Something else, they will leave "no stone unturned" - please tell me someone else sees the comedy in using that statement in conjunction with sewage...

  • Keithste - 2011-11-02 12:13

    Mrs Mandela,did you ever stop as to wonder why,with a government that is so corrupt,spending a fortune on hotels,suspended with fool pay,the list is endless.That money waisted "my tax money" on usesless rubbish!!

      David - 2011-11-02 13:24

      True. Amazing how the "freedom fighters" of yesterday now pretend they do not know how "their poor people" are living! Next think Tokyo will go sleep in shack for one night to study the impact of poverty on the poor. Sies man!

  • wesleywt - 2011-11-02 12:17

    lol. The DA pointed this out a while ago.

  • Speed.E.ZN - 2011-11-02 12:20

    and the ANC only have themselves to blame, they have been running the show for the last 17 years.

  • Jou - 2011-11-02 12:24

    WINNIE the POO

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2011-11-02 12:28

    I feel ashamed! 17 years of wasted time. I am glad she did not blame it on apartheid. It is simply a result of bad government! Why am I so disappointed in the Government? I really thought this time (1994), we are going to show the world we CAN!! The scary part is that children that were born in 1994 are writing their Matric exams next year and I am afraid we will not be able to blame everything on apartheid for much longer. The children are not isodomu (stupid)!! One day, they will turn against their parents for all the mess we find ourselves in.

      RLong - 2011-11-02 12:36

      A lot of us thought this too in 1994, just shows how wrong you can be.

      pcrous - 2011-11-02 12:39

      Your so right. And now Auntie Winnie is stirring the Poo and Uncle Tokyo is covering JuJu's behind. Funny lot. But as you comment, wonder who's to blame after 2012? (The Whites)

      Michael - 2011-11-02 15:02

      @pctous - no, that would be The Mayans (Thinks - were there any Mayan Indians called Hendrik??)

  • Johan - 2011-11-02 12:33

    It is election time

  • Grim - 2011-11-02 13:10

    maybe before she speaks of the cleanliness of the country she needs to assess the cleanliness of her past. Not listening to anything you say lady until YOU come CLEAN of your past.

  • Patrick - 2011-11-02 13:15

    "our weakness after"..... nearly fell off my chair. not like winnie or any anc official to take the blame!

  • Dumisani - 2011-11-02 13:21

    I feel so very sorry for the poor plebs that don't have the brainpower to see through her genuine concern

      Patrick - 2011-11-02 15:16

      You are a little naive. With her status, she could have sorted this out ten years ago. Problem with Winnie is she loves kicking up dust, but does very little.

  • SNG62 - 2011-11-02 13:24

    And it took her 17 years to figure this our ?

  • Had - 2011-11-02 13:31

    Blame it on Apartheid - the new regime couldn't possibly be responsible for this.

  • brettcch - 2011-11-02 13:55

    Too little too late to escape the cynical label of "electioneering" from a known faction group

  • FerretGee - 2011-11-02 14:57

    If Winnies beloved ANC spent less on arms deals, golden handshakes, hotel bills, motor vehicles and their own parliamentry homes, there would have been plenty of money to install sanitation for everyone and give the needy their own homes as well as educating them and giving them decent medical facilities. It's THIS governments fault that all these failings continue!

  • mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-11-02 15:45

    two possibilities,either she is so far removed from ordinary people that something so widespread as poor sanitation would shock her or this is simply political rhetoric designed to serve in the fulfillment of her prediction yesterday that leaders would be replaced in the anc next year.

      Greg - 2011-11-02 21:43

      You are right. I'm a whitey and I think I know more about the poverty and poor conditions out there than her. These elitist fat cats live in a world of their own. They only notice these things when it serves their own interest.

  • Greg - 2011-11-02 21:31

    "In Silahliwe squatter camp, applicants live in shacks without water, electricity, sewerage or refuse removal systems..." Dear Winnie, that's why it is called a squatter camp.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-03 10:29

    And the beat goes on.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-03 16:42

    You said it winnie...since 1994 your people have pulled everything through their bum holes! Well done!

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