SAHRC to probe infromal settlement

2013-06-21 22:32

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate the living conditions of residents of an informal settlement in Polokwane, the DA said on Friday.

"The SAHRC in Limpopo on Friday agreed to a DA request to investigate the appalling conditions under which the people of Disteneng informal settlement in Polokwane live," spokesperson Jacques Smalle said.

"Around 27 000 people live in Disteneng, share 20 self-made toilets and only three water taps. The settlement has existed for more than a decade now and not a single basic service delivery measure has been provided to them."

SAHRC spokesperson Victor Mavhidula said the organisation would first conduct an inspection of the area before sending an investigator to look into the matter further.

  • nu_un_clear - 2013-06-21 22:44

    Nice one DA !, if Zuma wants to play dirty, so can we. Imizamu yethu in houtbay is not nearly as bad as this one. At least we supplied them with drinking water and propper portable toilets.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-22 07:59

      Zuma should remember the old saying "don't cast stones if you live in a glass house" I know he actually lives in a bunker, but anyway just saying

      LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-06-22 14:22

      This org has proven itself so biased they will probably wait another 20 years before getting around to do anything at this site. Not so Pregs trollop of undermining & destabilization in WC?

  • Dubula Dubula - 2013-06-21 23:12

    Start with CT what we saw today on TV when Pres. Zuma visited was disgusting. Charity begins at home.

      Michael Tetley - 2013-06-21 23:32

      Maybe you should apply that line to the ANC.

      Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-22 06:39

      my broer all over the country is the same...da...anc...

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-22 07:20

      Dubula - HOME means the whole of SA not just CT.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-22 07:35

      Kagiso, was it necessary to bring in race? Not once did Leonard refer to a race or racial grouping in his posts, yet you see fit to refer to whites in a negative light.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-22 07:37

      Kagiso, I would like to read your response to Barry Pointeer's post below

      pws69 - 2013-06-22 07:59

      @Kagsio, Yes, the GP Premier HAS complained about it. In fact, her reasoning was the same as that of Zille. PS, WC has the highest in migration of any province as a percentage of population.

      pws69 - 2013-06-22 09:22

      @kagiso, Checked your numbers, you are correct.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-06-22 09:46

      While GP's population is mostly concentrated, most/some of the population here is more spread out

  • Mynono Seleke - 2013-06-21 23:18

    Eish boring. ANC say so DA complain! DA say so ANC complain! Oh! please guys solution please. Blah! blah! Blah! Tired.

      Dubula Dubula - 2013-06-22 00:38

      Mynono - if we could adopt this approach SA will be a better country. We have become a nation of pointing fingers instead of building our nation. It is very destructive and it is accelerating hatred. Probably we all lack the understanding of democracy due to the old system of divide and rule.

  • Michael Tetley - 2013-06-21 23:30

    Oh dear. Thought these things didn't happen in the paradise, ANC run provinces. Tut tut!

  • Ian Despy - 2013-06-21 23:30

    Zoomer......what is this u we dont hear a peep from the thief on this one.......I suppose you dont know anything about the ANC controlled provinces which will actually not shock any of us citizens

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-06-22 02:39

    Let's see Zuma do door-to-door there please ? ....... (He may require the entire SANDF for bodyguards) ....... Maybe he would be proud to take Obama there instead of the carefully choreographed charade he is planning! .... Obama isn't thick!

  • Marieta Marx Grundling - 2013-06-22 05:29

    The ANC agreed to send an investigator??? To investigate what? And to charge consultation fees? No water, no toilets, no need not spend weeks and thousands on this one....

  • Barry Pointeer - 2013-06-22 05:36

    do any of these people pay for the basic services? i was in builders yesterday to buy a dual flush toilet and the black guy that was helping me asked why i wanted to switch to this sysyem. i said that i could save up to 34000ltrs of water per year using this kind of toilet.. and he replied... ya that makes sense cause YOU people have to pay for water... go figure...

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-06-22 08:14

      Have to say. All the children are being quite pathetic about this whole situation. It is really all about choice. If people decide to create there own informal / illegal settlements that are off the established service grid, then they are responsible for putting in their own infrastructure. But these people expect to be able to put up a shack any ware and expect the nearest municipality to GIVE them services for free. Sorry but these people need to get of their butts and do a little more than just breed and complain. And if they are not prepared to do that then they can be like their brothers and sisters in most of the rest of Africa's poverty stricken nations. In the mean time providing them with FREE basic services of any kind is just enabling them to remain stuck in the present rut. I am sure this is not a popular view, but it is reality.

  • Jan Ramoshaba - 2013-06-22 06:04

    ANC and DA stop throwing each other with a snake DA service delivery in CT is nneeded same as you ANC service delivery is needed in limpopo ANC watchout DA is coming with what ever they have got to take you down for the election nxt year that cat and rat fight won't help us with nothing

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-22 07:24

      The anc won't know what hit them if the DA start fighting dirty like the anc is doing in CT - it'll be worse than faeces.

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-22 06:26

    in order to discourage this type of settlements there must no services...more criminals are hiding there

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2013-06-22 06:29

    There u go again. ANC and DA playing the cat n the mouse game. Cnt these fools deliver 2 ppl instead of fooling around wit poor ppl.

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-22 07:25

      And who started playing dirty?

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-06-22 07:18

    Tit for tat. Maybe the president will also be shocked and comment how HIS party is treating HIS people when he visits informal settlements in the other eight provinces!

  • Harold H-man Shaw - 2013-06-22 07:44

    I wonder does Zuma know about this because yesterday he didn't know that the people of Cape Town was living like this and I wonder who he's gonna blame for this

  • Pol Sec - 2013-06-22 09:05

    And the appauling conditions in Alex in Gauteng.

  • Gert Van Wyk - 2013-06-22 09:41

    Watch the space Showerhead and his team will declare the report State Secret.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-06-22 10:50

    The DA should take a video with people from this area speaking out about their hardships they have to endure and show that to the people Zuma visits and makes false promises to in the Western Cape. That he stands in front of them pulling a face like they smell like Sh%t and wants to get away as fast as he can. What is the SAHRC really going to do, they probably all ANC people anyhow. If there was a proper Human Rights organization things would be a lot better in this country. Should these people not be demanding that he tell the truth about Nkandla why he allowed so much money to be spent on his private residence, why heeds a clinic, a helipad, and all the bells and whistles of the western world, while they have to live in horrendous conditions like this. And while they are about it, ask him why it is necessary for him to have a pvt jet, and why every member of his family are rolling in tenders or on boards or rich shareholdings. Why is it the poor person in the street can find a job, why many school children cant even write a proper essay yet they pass at the end of the year. What a shame, that we have to watch one party exposing another and again the poor people are being misled. The people in this country are getting poorer by the day, businesses are shying away, investors looking for more profitable countries. What we are seeing in the photo we can expect to see much more of in the years to come, if we allow it. Use your vote wisely or pay the price.

  • Henning Venter - 2013-06-22 10:57

    If You pick up a stick to hit some one. make sure there are on other sticks. The other one may pick up a bigger one and hit back. Did HE not learn from the toilet debarkel 5 years ago? It did cost them the WC.

  • Carolyn Nash - 2013-06-22 10:59

    Infromal? Turn on your spell-check.

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