By Jacques Smalle (MPL), Spokesperson on COGHSTA Limpopo:
The DA in Limpopo challenges the provincial government to observe the 2015 World Toilet day with a commitment to address the sanitation backlog of almost 70% that faces the people of Limpopo.
Less than 25% of all households have access to flushing toilets while 6,6% of the 5,4 million people living in Limpopo have no sanitation facilities at all.
During the previous financial year over R540 million was returned to National Treasury by municipalities on unspent MIG grants. This is indicative that government is just not serious about a rights based approach to service delivery.
The lack of sanitation facilities has been a significant factor in service delivery protests and the South African Human Rights Commission recognises that lack of access to sanitation affects particularly the poor and infringes upon their human rights.
Only after the tragic drowning of young boy in a pit toilet at Mahlodumeng primay school outside Polokwane in January, did the department of education commit itself to provide adequate saniation at all Limpopo schools before the end of this year. The DA wil conduct oversight visits to schools to ensure that the department delivers on its promise.
In the Western Cape, where the DA governs almost 95% of all people have access to adequate sanitation facilities which empahises the DA’s commitment to service delivery.
The DA calls on the department of COGHSTA to implement a dedicated budget towards proper sanitation to allow our people, women and girls in particular, to live with dignity.