Municipal spokesman Moses Shivambu told Sowetan that recipients of the toilets had expressed gratitude for the sanitation facilities.
"The area is sandy and rocky, so moving the wheelchairs to the bush, you know it was challenging. It was a very serious challenge, hence you know handing over these sanitation toilets is a very great relief to them," Shivambu said.
The toilets were also criticised for their quality, with Twitter users pointing to cracks in the walls of the toilets whose pictures were posted.
"The material they used to build the wall they connected so when these toilets are filled up or maybe they are full, the wall can be removed and be reused again in another toilet," Shivambu explained.
The PAC also denounced the handover ceremony. Party spokesman Kenneth Mokgatlhe said the whole episode exposed ANC's "true colours".
"The handing over of the outside pit toilet is a degrading of the human rights of the people and standards health don't even agree to that, so we're very much disappointed," said Mokgatlhe.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) questioned the ribbon-cutting part of the handover.
"Although we are happy for the people receiving toilets, it is sad that in 2018 we have a ceremony for... toilets," Outa's manager of local government division Michael Holenstein said.