CAPE TOWN, 26 January 2010 – Today the SJC visited Makhaza Section in Khayelitsha to investigate claims that toilets had been built towards the end of last year without walls or roofs. The City government claim that this was done with the understanding that community members would build a suitable enclosure at a later date. All the residents we spoke to were not aware of this arrangement.
For months community members have been forced to either walk long distances to enclosed containerised toilets, or use these which provide no shelter or dignity. Both scenarios pose significant threats to residents’ safety and security. One elderly woman we spoke to (pictured) had recently been stabbed walking to a far away containerised toilet.
Photos taken on today’s site visit.