Tweespruit bucket toilets not serviced for two months – flush toilets not working

By James Letuka, DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature:

During an oversight visit to Tweespruit in the Mantsopa Local Municipality yesterday, we found that communities in Ward 1 and Ward 8 have been making use of bucket toilets despite full flush toilets installed.

The flush toilets are not working since the connection of the water reticulation system has not been completed. According to residents the toilets were built over two years ago yet they still do not have proper sanitation.

These flush toilets serve as a monument that remind residents of what they could and should have.

The municipality has also failed to service the community’s bucket toilets for more than two months, leaving residents to dispose human waste themselves.

At the previous sitting of the Provincial Legislature, GOGTAH MEC Olly Mlamleli stated that Mantsopa was the only municipality where bucket toilets have been eradicated.

I will submit written question to MEC Mlamleli asking:

  1. (a) When the tender was awarded, (b) the name of the contractor, (c) the contract value, (d) the total amount of payments made, (e) the original completion date, (f) when will the reticulation system be completed, (g) by which date the community will be able to make use of the flush toilets;
  2. (a) What the reasons are for the Mantsopa Local Municipality’s failure to service the bucket toilets and (b) what measures will be taken to ensure that the community’s sanitation needs are addressed immediately?

The DA can’t allow that this project has been delayed by more than two years. This delay is completely unacceptable. The eradication of the bucket system is a priority in DA governed municipalities.