'Give back our dignity' - No privacy when you use these toilets
Another 'Cabriolet' - open toilet - scandal
RESIDENTS of Matoporong in Reddersburg, southern Free State, have accused the Kopanong local municipality of violating their rights.
They accused the municipality of failing to provide them with proper toilets that would give them dignity.
Toilets in the area are half built. When sitting on the toilet bowl, your legs protrude past the door.
The toilet structures are small and the roofs are not attached to the sides. The structures also shake and can be blown away by strong winds.
The toilets were meant to be temporarily structures, according to residents, until the municipality could build ones using bricks.
A resident Alletta Secume said, "Our dignity is gone. Imagine sitting on a toilet and your legs are easily seen by people on the street? We are scared of using these toilets at night because we fear being attacked since anyone can easily see you."
She complained that the toilets were not properly erected in 1998.
"We have for many years been using these toilets. We have complained and demonstrated many times, asking the government to provide better ones."
Kopanong mayor Xolile Matwa said: "We are mindful that we must offer the best and quality services.
"The issue is sensitive and we are committed to addressing it with the support of our provincial government."