25 July 2013
The IFP calls on the new Minister of Human
Settlements, Hon Connie September, to make the current
sanitation backlog in this country a priority and to commit
herself to eradicating what remains a shameful legacy within her
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr
Petros Sithole, MP, said "Residents in the Gomagoma area, under
Nkonkobe Local Municipality, Eastern Cape are still using a
bucket toilet system. This is primarily due to unnecessary
delays caused by general incompetence within the Municipality.
In addition, there are still some areas where people are without
access to piped-water and electricity. These challenges must be
Sithole further stated that, "Sanitation
issues such as backlogs in Gomagoma are meant to be addressed
and alleviated by the Rural Households Infrastructure Grant(RHIG).
However, since its inception in
2009, it has suffered from chronic under-spending which has
forced thousands of people in rural areas to continue living
without access to basic sanitation".
The IFP will immediately address
correspondence to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to request an urgent investigation into
these conditions, which violate the residents' Constitutional
right to water and dignity. Correspondence will also be
forwarded to the Minister of Human Settlements requesting an
urgent meeting with a view to conducting an oversight visit to
Gomagoma and areas such as Mamelodi in Gauteng, in order for the
Minister to witness first hand the desperate conditions under
which these people are currently living.
IFP Spokesperson on Human
Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, 082 743 1348
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675