Sexwale to appoint toilet task team

2011-07-15 08:08

Cape Town - Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale will appoint a national task team to investigate recurring complaints that local government has failed to provide enclosed toilets in poor communities.

"Quite clearly many of these abandoned toilets-in-the-veld projects, which have been constructed as far back as year 2000, require not a piecemeal approach as they are exposed, but a comprehensive approach," the ministry said.

As a result, Sexwale will announce the task team's members next week. It will deal with the matter in each province and all municipalities.

"The poorest of the poor cannot be left in this undignified situation through a fault not of their making."

Open toilet controversies

The announcement came after both national and local government struggled to say what progress had been made in enclosing open toilets in Rammulotsi, near Viljoenskroon in the Free State, since they were discovered in May.

Sexwale now also had to contend with a second open toilet controversy in the province, in Tshiame, near Harrismith.

Sexwale's spokesperson Mandulo Maphumulo said she knew "everything" was in place at "government level" to complete the enclosure of 1 600 toilets built in Rammulotsi in 2003. She could however not provide figures on progress made in the past two months.

The issue severely embarrassed the ANC on eve of the May municipal elections, while the party was making mint out of the Democratic Alliance's failure to enclose toilets in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats.

A spokesperson for the mayor of Moqhaka promised the municipality, which runs Viljoenskroon, would give more information on Friday, as did the provincial human settlements department's spokesperson.

The Sowetan on Thursday reported claims by the DA that only 112 toilets in Rammulotsi had been enclosed since May.

A day earlier, Sexwale visited Tshiame amid an outcry over claims that the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality had built 1 000 toilets on land earmarked for low-cost houses, and intended to sell these to residents for thousands of rands.

He subsequently said these were rumours that needed to be "flushed away".

But the ministry conceded that after the visit it was still not clear whether Harrismith municipal officials had indeed tried to extort money from the poor, or whether local residents were simply misinformed.

"There are no 'open toilets'," ministerial spokesperson Mandulo Maphumulo said.


"They were built on service sites and people were told that they have to pay R10 000 or R12 000 for those. It may be a rumour, it may be true.

"We have to investigate. He (Sexwale) went there with the police and said 'if somebody told you this, tell us who they are'. The community also has a responsibility to report this."

Maphumulo said the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality had built 500 toilets on the site in Harrismith in question. Of these, 311 were part of service sites that would become RDP houses under an approved project.

On the rest of the sites, houses would be built for the so-called gap market - low-income earners who could not access bank financing for a home.

The situation in Harrismith angered Cosatu. Trade union federation spokesperson Patrick Craven called on police to investigate and arrest any officials found guilty of profiteering at the expense of the poor.

The SA Human Rights Commission commended Sexwale's "swift response" in visiting the area, and sounded a warning to the municipality.

"The commission condemns the pattern of lack of consultation, engagement and non-provision of information by some municipalities, including the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality.

"The commission cautions municipalities that legislation and judgments of our courts actually require not only consultation, but the active participation of our communities."

Early last year, the DA become embroiled in a political storm for failing to enclose more than 1 300 toilets in Makhaza, on the Cape Flats. After a long legal battle, the City of Cape Town on Monday began building structures around these.

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-15 08:17

    ok right tokyo investigate

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-15 10:55

      Meetings are to be held at the "superbowl"

      cliffarc - 2011-07-15 12:24

      - And as usual, the task team will be flying overseas (with wives)to appraise the latest toilet enclosure methods,then holding a huge conference ( with wives) at a total final cost of R75000 a head, finally costing the taxpayer more than actual cost of the enclosures.

      Smaal - 2011-07-15 13:17

      Not to point out the obvious but shouldn’t he be appointing builders?

      Generaal - 2011-07-15 13:34

      @ Kenno. And the poor people it is supplied to have no clue as to how toilets are used!!! They constantly relieve themselves in public!

      Liberty - 2011-07-15 20:43

      Why is it so difficult to build a toilet cubicle in install a flushing toilet in this country?? We are not asking government to send someone to Mars here. It now requires a freaking task team to make sure that a very simple and basic job get's done. Incredible

      JP - 2011-07-15 20:48

      What..a task team to investigate toilets....really?????

      JWM24 - 2011-08-26 16:40

      So Tokyo is setting up a toilet team to look into the problem? Don't phone me, I'm busy

  • Aish - 2011-07-15 08:17

    LOL, the government cant even do their jobs, soon they will have a task team for all the tasks they should be doing. I would like to see the number of tasks teams created since the ANC came into power. DO YOUR JOBS!!!

      Man can do - 2011-07-15 12:52

      And then a task team to investigate the task teams ...

  • soba le boya - 2011-07-15 08:25

    i would like to suggest the job title of the head of the toilet task team...CHIEF GENERAL TOILET(CGT)

  • Annoy - 2011-07-15 08:26

    Toilet Sexwale investigation

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:44

      The only place (toilet) that Sexwale can successfully sniff through to determine if he stands any chance of ascending to the higher ANC echolons of power. Power to the Toilet Man!

  • lerouxe - 2011-07-15 08:32

    Who will be his number one and two?

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-15 08:35

    A task team?More wasted money and it'll probably take months before anybody gets any kind of response that even sound like a valid answer.What happened to: Who's responsible, why wasn't it done, get it done or your job is done?

  • Thor - 2011-07-15 08:38

    Kry vir julle, julle sleg anc bliksems, kry vir julle

  • Vicker - 2011-07-15 08:41

    Let them take their dumps in the bush like they have been doing for centuries...

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:45

      You are a first-class moron Vicker. Ditto Marcell.

      Marcell - 2011-07-16 03:35

      nzs: Facts my friend. I stayed in the rural area for a very long time. The black man wil not plant a tree, they will just chop it down.

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-15 08:44

    You do not need to appoint an expensive a task team Comrade Minister you have officials who are supposed to be accountable for this! What we need to see is people being named, shamed and jailed so that we can show the world that we are serious about corruption and service delivery! Your publicity stunt like this and the one you did for the press in Alexadria wont gaurantee you our vote come next your Mangaung if you do not sort out this mess!

      Totman - 2011-07-15 09:00

      You h'v the right idea. There should have been a very simple answer to what happen there. Municipalities/counsels must have a plan drawn up for the project with all the relevant approved papers that indicated the purpose for the project as well as a time span connected to it. When getting audited, including this project, the problems, if any, should have been discovered a while ago already, investigated, action been taken to corrected and people been disciplined. Why then this double talking?

      Kenno - 2011-07-15 11:25

      Spot on !!! Finally someone with a construtive comment!!

  • Redwine - 2011-07-15 08:46

    A world survey suggest that as many as 800 million people do not have access to toilets this number highest in India followed by China and the evergreen Africa. The former two countries regarded as world economies. Their approach is rather to provide oppertunity for development and citizens to sort out themselves where and how to live. Some prefer to buy a scooter rather than build a klein huisie. Our priorities should rather be on getting people educated and working rather than while away the time in a gifted bog house.

  • Arjen - 2011-07-15 08:46

    Oh boy, a toilet task team! If this is the big issue of our political discourse, then we really are in sh*t street.

  • littledragon - 2011-07-15 09:05

    @ Kongo !!! Here is the link to the letter !!![tt_news]=80198&no_cache=1 Time that we start working together as a nation not see who is doing what & who is stealing what !! We are paying for it !!! And turning a blind eye !! Democracy means ...government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. ....Guess you forgotten whose salaries you paying !!!

      Vicker - 2011-07-15 10:37

      Eish this concept of Democracy she is too hard to understand, rather we just choose a chief to run the country like he wants to...

      Lauren - 2011-07-15 13:22

      Leave him. He doesn't want to play with you. He wants to play in the sandbox all by himself.

  • strawberry - 2011-07-15 09:18

    The Minister went to Thsiame guns blazing and ignorant, exposing himself as ill-informed or what did he say: " I was misinformed". He wanted the demoted Khompela (former portfolio committee chair on sports, now MEC for Public Safety in the Free State - shame, poor Freestaters) to arrest people. You see, Tokyo, if you don't know how to play in the public arena, you better keep quiet. The enclosed toilets in Tshiame are built on formalised, pegged sites, still to be allocated to people. 300 RDP houses are going to be built there and given to those who qualify for RDP assistance. The rest will be sold, yes sold, at cost R12 000 a site, which is dirt cheap, to people who do not qualify for RDP houses, but want a site to build their own houses. This is quite normal, it is done to accommodate normal expansion and growth of a township and a municipality catering for all its citizens. Not everyone can get everything for free, and certainly not everyone wants everything for free. No fraud and corruption here Minister, common sense. The Minister's obsession with fraud and corruption is embarrassing him in public as "mis-informed". Shame, on the positive side though, the city of Cape Town did not use their own funding for enclosing the Makhaza toilets. They used Tokyo's money and claimed it as their victory. Tojyo of course just does not know this, otherwise we would all have hear about it. Read your policies Minister!

      nzs - 2011-07-15 23:51

      Spoken like a gentleman, Strawberry. This Sexwale fellow, as much as he would be a million times better than the smiling polygamist who moonlights as head of state, is such a power-hungry fellow. Anything that, in his little mind that is possessed with insatiable appetite for power, promises presidency makes him oozingly salivate. It's so embarrassing to think that we have come to an all-time low that political lightweights and opportunists like Sexwale pale better in comparison.

  • tiotudg - 2011-07-15 09:28

    Die ANC het politiek gemaak teen die DA mbv die sg toiletdebakel tydens die verkiesing. Nou wys die drie vingers baie prominent terug en dis duidelik 'n hoop uitwerpsel.

  • janbantjies - 2011-07-15 09:34

    Pikkie where are you? - "Team appoint Sexwale to toilet task." - This ones for you!

  • Kelly99 - 2011-07-15 09:34

    Appoint a task team for what?Typical of our government.The DA is taking responsibility for their actions and fixing their mess...I mean really,just look at the CELE-SHABANGU saga.Need I say more?

  • Turk182 - 2011-07-15 09:51

    More taxpayers money down the toilet!!!!!

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-15 09:52

    These toilets are about the only open things in this country's politics. Most business is conducted behind closed doors, is often quite unhygienic for the nation and leaves a nasty smell of corruption.

  • amabok - 2011-07-15 09:55

    lol! always appointing task teams. and its finding...eish yes we have toilet problem...and nothing gets done as usual as fat boy Malema and his sushi eating cronies vacation in the Kruger Park.

  • Neil - 2011-07-15 09:59

    @Kongo: I don't get what your problem is, you are ALWAYS moaning about the Evil white this and Evil white that. The EVIL white man introduced your tribe to toilets. So whats the problem then? Use the bush like you used to or just make a hole like a cat and cover it up. The ANC should give you some pointers, they are the champs at covering sh*t up.

      grant9 - 2011-07-15 10:30

      Nice one Neil. I was going to post that there were no toilets before whites arrived in Africa so why all the fuss now?

  • Lofty - 2011-07-15 10:31

    These toilets in Harrismith don't seem to be enclosed with brick and mortar as expected in the DA governed Cape Town area ? I think that the rules should be the same for all areas.

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-07-15 10:37

    From 2000 till now no one has done a thing about it Now they want to appoint a Task Team This Team must confirm that there is Toilets there and then another Task Team to determine what to do about it Pathetic that the Majority government can treat their people like this but you get idiots like Kolobe and gang who still can't see the importance on voting for a proper government that works Look away from colour and do the right thing Sad Sad SA

  • Politicallycorrect - 2011-07-15 10:58

    What are they complaining about! You always see the black men passing by a tree and peeing on it.

  • Verbatim - 2011-07-15 11:09

    Im guessing he's looking for Malema's real parents.....

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-07-15 11:28

    Anarchy, Nepotism and Corruption your moment has arrived !!! Sh1thouse duty, this is a job you retards MUST be good at. Please don't dissapoint the nation

  • Papsak - 2011-07-15 12:00

    But really now...why need a task team for this? I give up.

      daaivark - 2011-07-15 12:25

      It's obvious. Someone's cousin needs a contract.

  • Roshaw - 2011-07-15 12:51

    Why do the ministers always have to appoint task teams to probe something that is they can see is wrong,why not make a decission and sort out what is wrong.It just show that they all useless from the president to the very last one.Come on lift your butts up and see that things are done in the proper way

      Marcell - 2011-07-15 13:20

      The task team is needed so they can take the blame at the next election when it is still not done.

  • JanSlim - 2011-07-15 13:06

    Imagine having that on your CV, head of toilet task team...

  • OLIBO - 2011-07-15 14:22

    How much is the government going to spend on the task team instead of fixing the problem. Sexwale made all the good sounds when he became the minister, even promised to reached an agreement with the banks to finance housing development. It is almost two years now but I can't see any new project that he has started. All the current projects were started by Sisulu.

  • tiotudg - 2011-07-16 06:25

    Mnr Sexwale, Geluk met die aanstelling van die KK - Kleinhuisiekommissie; ek hoop hulle delf tot die bodem van die put.

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