9 months ago
Resident Nolukholo Bonani said toilets have no locks and offer no privacy when nature calls. Photo by Vincent Lali  ~ 

RESIDENTS have accused the City of Cape Town of stripping them of their dignity by making them use filthy toilets.

Mud mixed with kak and urine flows
inside and outside the toilets in Wallacedene, Kraaifontein.

Resident Nolukholo Bonani (27) said: “If you go to the toilet with flip flops on, they get stuck in the mud. I always wear my gumboots when I need to go to the loo.

“Some of the toilets have no locks, so residents can’t use them in private. I feel ashamed when a man bursts into the toilet while I’m still relieving myself. There are also no taps outside the toilets.”

Community leader Sibusiso Gibson said he tried to persuade municipal workers to clean up the mess. But the cleaner told him they don’t have keys to the toilets.

“When I gave them the keys they threw them away so they could have an excuse for not cleaning the toilets,” he said.

“The cleaners’ supervisors don’t do their jobs. They simply sit in their cars instead of checking whether the toilets have been cleaned properly.”

Councillor Suzette Little said: “Cleaning services ended on 30 June, owing to the end of the City’s financial year. Recruitment of 21 new cleaners took place on Tuesday and the vaccination process is now under way.

“We will most likely have cleaners on site by end of this week. All toilet blocks in Wallacedene have a minimum of two taps, so the claim that there are no taps is false.”

“If the taps have been vandalised or need to be repaired, residents needed to report this. Residents are encouraged to report blockages and vandalism by calling 0860 103 089 or SMSing 31373.”

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining