Municipalities failing the poor - Sexwale

Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale has accused the government of failing the poor.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale gives his opening address at the Nelson Mandela Museum on Madiba's 94th birthday on 18 July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Human Settlements Department report showed dozens of municipalities nationwide were failing to provide basic sanitation in poor areas.

The report was compiled by a ministerial task team set up in 2011.

The findings were released by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale on Friday.

The task team visited 85 municipalities to assess progress made in providing basic services.

On the whole, all provinces struggled to meet basic sanitation targets.

In Mogale City in Gauteng, there is one toilet for every 10 people.

The document revealed in seven Western Cape municipalities, about 100 residents shared a single toilet.

Numerous communities in the province have been protesting in recent months demanding toilets and running water.

Sexwale accused the government of failing the poor.

"The Marikana [incident, where people died during violent protests] will repeat itself in this country over and over until we crumble if we don't address the first basic line, sanitation."

Sexwale said the problem contributed to the more than 11,000 service delivery demonstrations in South African since the start of 2012.

He claimed there were more service delivery protests so far in 2012, than there were for the whole of 2011.

Meanwhile, earlier this week President Jacob Zuma said the government had done a lot in terms of service delivery in the last 18 years.

He said the criticism against government was unfair.