Human Rights Commission Must Investigate
Sanitation Backlog in Gauteng Province

7th September 2013    


The IFP calls on the Human Rights Commission to urgently investigate the poor and disgraceful level of sanitation and housing delivery within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and the province at large.


IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, MP, said "This week I have visited Ekangala, Mabopane, Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville in Pretoria. What I found in these areas was a violation of residents' basic rights to water, sanitation and housing. There remains a serious undersupply of water and sanitation in these areas. The overwhelming majority of Ekangala and Mabopane residents are still being forced to use pit latrines. This failure of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to deliver services requires both immediate investigation and urgent intervention."


Sithole further stated that "The Human Settlements Minister, Hon Connie September, must take immediate action in reducing South Africa's large sanitation backlog. She must present a strategic plan to Parliament on a turnaround strategy to ensure that these essential sanitation services are delivered on time. Sanitation delivery backlogs in rural communities like Ekangala and Mabopane 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 and has forced thousands of people in rural South Africa to continue living without access to basic sanitation."


"As the IFP we will continue to expose such injustices, like the ones we have  witnessed in Ekangala, and offer viable solutions to them, until every South African is given the opportunity to live with dignity in a healthy environment," concluded Sithole.


The IFP will request that the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Ntombi Mekgwe, and the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Kgosientso Ramokgopa are summoned to Parliament to account for their respective failures. We further call for all municipalities who failed to provide proper sanitation to their residents to be named, shamed and held to account before Parliament.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Mr Petros Sithole, 082 743 1348


Or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675