James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition
The DA will today request the Human Rights Commission to investigate rights violations of residents of Mandela Section in Botleng outside Delmas.
Every day more than 1000 residents are forced to suffer the indignity and stench of using bucket toilets in partly enclosed shelters. This exposes them to a number of potential health hazards, while the Victor Khanye local municipality only services these from time to time.
It is unacceptable that after 19 years of ANC rule people still do not have access to basic sanitation, especially when former Mpumalanga premier Thabang Makwetla claimed in 2009 that all buckets in the province were a thing of the past. In fact, this exposes the ANC’s hypocrisy and proves that its own failure perpetuates inequalities.
The Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution states clearly that all people have inherent dignity and that it should be respected and protected. It further states that people have the right to an environment which is not harmful to their health or well-being.
The DA believes that the Victor Khanye local municipality, and Mpumalanga’s administration as a whole failed in securing the right of the people of Mandela Section.
As such, we will write to the Human Rights Commission asking for an investigation into the circumstances around this situation, and to make a finding.
The people of Botleng and the rest of Mpumalanga deserve a dignified and decent solution to their sanitation needs.