Residents burn toilets in protest
IRATE shack dwellers in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, are threatening to set fire to "all temporary toilets" in their area, claiming the structures are unhygienic.
The Town Two residents are demanding that the City of Cape Town build them "decent" houses and immediately install "proper flushing toilets".
The SST informal settlement's residents collected more than 10 toilets in the area at the weekend after barricading Lansdowne Road and burnt them.
"No more temporary toilets here. We want flushing toilets, nothing else," said Nicky Mlotywa yesterday. She accused the city of being arrogant.
"Why must we wait for 50 years to get service delivery? The DA-led government doesn't care about disadvantaged people.
"They only care about us when it's time for elections," she said.
Mlotywa, 34, threatened to make the province ungovernable. "If they [city officials] do not respond we will barricade the N2 and throw stones at the cars," she said, adding that they did not have a councillor in their area.
Nofikile Jamendlini, 69, said: "I need a proper place to stay. We've been staying here for over a decade. We vote every year but nothing ever happens."
She said her concern was for her children. "I wish when I die I can leave my children in their own proper place. My shack is leaking when it's raining and I have arthritis and high blood pressure," she said.
However, she did not agree with destroying the toilets, saying it was uncalled for.
"I don't know what we old people are going to do because we can't manage to go to the bushes every day."
Khayalethu Jacobs said they wanted DA leader Helen Zille "to come and witness our situation".
When Sowetan asked Jacobs if they had reported their grievances to their councillor, he said: "It's rather better not to ask me about councillors.
"We don't have any councillor here to report to."
Sowetan tried to get a comment from ANC local councillor Amos Komeni but he did not answer his cellphone and did not respond to messages sent to it. The city also failed to respond to an e-mail sent to its offices.