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By Olebogeng Molatlhwa | Aug 05, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 32 ]

A NEW scandal has erupted around the open toilets at Rammulotsi village in Free State, where moves to deal with the problem have gone awry.

Yesterday, Sowetan witnessed the demolition of 150 enclosures after inspectors discovered that the contractor had used only one bag of cement instead of the required two bags when erecting them.

The enclosures will have to be rebuilt at an estimated cost of just under R1million.

The contractor is still to account for the missing building material.

The hazardous brick enclosures, it was also found, had no brickforce to stabilise and fortify the structures. This means that with enough pressure against the enclosures, the entire edifice would have come crumbling down while a person was still in the loo.

Sowetan arrived in the now infamous township at the crack of dawn, only to be met by a group of about 20 builders armed with giant sledgehammers.

However, it took one man only a few seconds to flatten a single enclosure to the ground.

Rammulotsi gained notoriety in May following a newspaper exposé revealing that a company linked to the husband of ousted mayor Mantebu Mokgosi built 1620 unenclosed toilets as far back as 2003.

When the scandal broke, the municipality claimed it had enclosed 378 toilets and still needed to enclose a further 1 242 at a cost of about R8million - meaning it would enclose each toilet at a cost of R6441.

The contractor, whose toilets were being demolished and rebuilt yesterday, received a contract to enclose 1 200 toilets - meaning he may have pocketed about R7,7million for the job.

Sowetan understands that 162 toilets still stand unenclosed

Yesterday the contractor, Pini Motale, told Sowetan that he had inspected the toilets and found that only 40 have been poorly built.

Motale also took a swipe at Sowetan, accusing the paper of writing negative stories about the provincial government on the insistence of the Democratic Alliance.

"I have a problem with Sowetan. Every time you come here, it's because of the DA."

Motale confirmed that his builders had used only one bag of cement and did not use brickforce when building the enclosures.

DA councillor Mosa Makoele demanded to know whether public money would be used to rebuild the toilets. "Who is responsible for rebuilding the toilets?" Makoele asked.

But Motale said: "The cost of rebuilding these toilets will actually result in a loss to me. It won't cost the municipality or the province anything."

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Aug 05, 2011 7:4 | 0 replies

By the next elections these stupid people will still vote for that ANC. The really enjoy to be hustlers, sh*tting in an open air, that's really lovely. Motale go on with the good work, these people are stupid they can't do anything to you. If you can ask them 'where does the goverment get money' no one will answer you because they are empty-minded. Even if you can ask what is "money" nobody will answer you, they will only give you the characteristic of it

Aug 05, 2011 10:56 | 0 replies

somaartakeit

TCT aka floyd shivambo, do you haev something to say on this thread? or it must be a white man conspiracy, cause the toilet bowls are white, hehehe
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look mchana into this issue it is clear some ppl where very eager interms of enriching themselves in the cost of those who cant afford or who are deficient. and in the ANC we dont want ppl who commite corruption of that nature investigations are stilll on the process and the outcome will sort out those who are responsible and we will deal with them in avery strict manner and i assure you they will regret this VIVIA COMRADE MALEMA VIVA,VIVA COMRADE MBALULA, VIVA COMRADE FLOYD

Aug 05, 2011 12:8 | 0 replies

TCTLHAPI - This article demonstrates the dangers of tenderpreneuring.

Aug 05, 2011 12:11 | 0 replies

Sinudeity

not only that it also proves that the are ppl who pretend to be ANC members but in the actual fact they are spies[spys] coming from cetain political party to make us look bed cos we are the ppl of good intentions.why always DA is involved in our downfall?

Aug 05, 2011 12:23 | 0 replies

TCTLHAPI - "why always DA is involved in our downfall?"

That is a big mistake, blaming the DA for corruption like this.

The ANC would do its public image good, and draw more support from the general public, if it was open about corruption in the party. The government also has the means to blacklist these companies and prevent them from acquiring tenders in the future, but unfortunately, it does not happen.

A good example is Gijima.

Aug 05, 2011 12:32 | 0 replies

Sinudeity
look 1st armsdeal DA/ID is involved,,,,,2nd MALEMA issues DA is involved YOU SEE WAT IM SAYING

Aug 05, 2011 12:45 | 0 replies

TCTLHAPI - Armsdeal = ANC involved / Limpopo tenders = Julius involved

DA/ID involved in wanting to investigate corruption.

Im surprised the ANC hasnt opened up its own investigations into Armsdeal/Malema.
I mean, if you were on the right side of the law, surely you would want the truth on these matters, not bury it.

Aug 05, 2011 12:53 | 0 replies

Sinudeity

this is a set up

Aug 05, 2011 12:54 | 0 replies

TCTLHAPI - "This is a set up"

And every other corruption story is a 'setup' too. Its on public record that Mbeki donated R30 mill to Lithuli house. The German submarine company today revealed that they bribed Mbeki R30 million. BAE got hauled before the courts for corruption, and admitted they bribed SA officials during the Armsdeal. Chubby Shaiks (Now our head at the NIA), leaked top secret reports to his brother, to facilitate tenders (the reason why Shabir was investigated, for being in possession of top secret documents), and then later found guilty of giving Jacob a bribe.

"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" - John 8:32

Aug 05, 2011 1:4 | 0 replies

typical - when Africans are confronted with corruption just blame the DA, whites or apartheid.


Aug 05, 2011 1:59 | 0 replies