RESIDENTS of a Nongoma village in KZN are afraid to use their new toilets, preferring to continue relieving themselves in the bush instead.

They told Daily Sun this was because the loos were built using old, unsuitable materials.

The project was announced at a community meeting in 2017.

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Residents were told the building would take three months to complete.

However, the contractor abandoned the project and left the building materials to rust away in the open.

Bernard Dlamini (56) said: “Building resumed last year, but the materials were in a bad condition.

“People are now scared the toilets will cave in while they’re using them.”

Sebenzile Mathe (38) said she was shocked to see the contractor using the same materials that had been left in the rain for two years.

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“I fear the toilets will collapse on me while I’m inside. The floors are not stable,” she said.

KZN legislature member Sipho Nkosi said the Zululand Municipality had failed to honour an invitation to come and account.

Daily Sun contacted Mayor Thulasizwe Buthelezi, who asked to be emailed an inquiry.

However, no response had been received at the time of going to print.