Women stage sit-down portaloo protest

2013-06-21 10:27
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Cape Town - People took turns sitting on a clean portaloo on the steps of the Western Cape legislature in protest against the portable toilet system, the Cape Argus reported on Friday.

The group of mostly women reportedly marched from the Cape Town train station to the legislature on Thursday, escorted by police vehicles.

They handed over a memorandum to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's office.

"The refusal of the Zille government to take immediate and urgent steps to provide the people living in informal areas, decent, safe, and sanitary toilets can only be described as abject genocidal neglect," the memorandum reportedly read.

The group said handing out portable flush toilets (PFTs) added more humiliation to the situation.

According to the report, another crowd carrying bags of faeces and toilet containers were stopped by police at the same train station that day.

Police reportedly made no arrests but confiscated the containers.

Mayor Patricia de Lille previously said the PFT provided the same privacy, dignity, and safety as a normal full-flush toilet and was serviced by the city three times a week.
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