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'Over 500 toilets scatter the open veld in the Great Kei Municipality'

Feb 1, 2019
'Over 500 toilets scatter the open veld in the Great Kei Municipality'

Along the outskirts of Ward 7, in Great Kei Municipality, more than 500 toilets scatter the area, a prevailing symbol of the African National Congress' (ANC) failed service delivery, says the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape.

"This is another toilets in the veld scandal, just like the R12-million spent on 1 140 toilets in the veld outside Komga, and the R630-million Siyenza toilet scandal," said Sanele Magaqa (MPL), Shadow MEC for Human Settlements.

"Everyone seems to be benefitting from toilet contracts, except the community."

Magaqa said that the Department of Public Works approved a contract to build the lavatories in 2010 with the intention of connecting them to houses that were to be built by the Department of Human Settlements.

"These homes were intended for residents in the nearby informal settlements and surrounding farms and, while the toilets were erected, nine years later not one house has been built yet," he described.

"Now the toilets lie in various stages of decay, subject to vandalism. Thieves have stripped many of the toilets of materials, while the remaining structures have become havens for criminal activities.

"I have submitted parliamentary questions to the MEC of Human Settlements, Babalo Madikizela, demanding to know when these houses will be built and requesting an explanation for the delay of almost a decade."

'Departments must work hard to avoid another toilets in the veld scandal'

Magaqa said that the longer the Dept of Human Settlements takes to build these houses, "the more likely it becomes that they will have to rebuild the toilets".

"Residents have cried out about the Department ignoring their pleas. The people of Great Kei Municipality are fed up of reporting the issue to an uncaring government," he noted.

"The longer the department takes, the more confusion there will be with regards to the beneficiary list, as people who were initially identified as beneficiaries may have moved or passed away by the time these houses area actually built."

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