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'KILLER's' sister refused pit toilet

By unknown | Apr 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Hlungwani

Victor Hlungwani

A woman's dream to own a pit toilet has been shattered after the local municipality allegedly instructed a construction company to ignore her because her brother was a "killer".

Connie Mahlele of Shihosana village in the Thulamela municipality is still forced to relieve herself in the bushes. Her alleged sin is that her brother "was a murderer".

She told Sowetan she was baffled by members of the sanitation committee who came to fetch the building material, which included bricks and cement from her house.

She said that when she inquired she was told that the company had taken a resolution not to build the toilet for her "because my brother was a killer".

Mahlele said when the incident happened she was on top of the list of beneficiaries.

She said she had for many years been sent from pillar to post when toilets were built for those who qualified.

She said after many years of waiting, her name was put on top of the priority list for villagers who qualified.

Mahlele was among the 130 villagers who received building materials, which was an indication that she qualified for a pit toilet.

She has vowed to fight until the end for her rights to be recognisedas qualifying for the pit toilet.

Mahlele's brother, Matimba, 24, was arrested in February after he was allegedly connected to the murder of Modjadji Ndlovu in the same village.

Thomas Mathebula, of the sanitation committee, confirmed yesterday that the materials were removed from Mahlele.

"But if she still wants to get the toilet she can buy building material and build it because it was only a favour on our part to build her one," said Mathebula.

The municipality's spokesperson Nndwamato Tshiila was unaware of the incident and undertook to investigate it.


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