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SAHRC to probe CT sanitation

The SAHRC has received numerous complaints regarding sanitation issues in the Western Cape.

Sisanda Mntakaziwa sits in her home in the Cape Town informal settlement Jan se Bos, which received portable flush toilets from the City of Cape Town, on 6 June 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Saturday said it would discuss sanitation issues in Cape Town with mayor Patricia de Lille soon.

There has been uproar around April's roll-out of the city's new portable flush toilet project in Khayelitsha.

Human waste was flung at Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's convoy in Khayelitsha on Tuesday while some ANC Youth League members emptied five porta-loos on the steps of the provincial legislature the previous day.

SAHRC's Isaac Mangena said they inspected Gugulethu after receiving dozens of complaints about the portable flush toilet system.

"We've received about 50 complaints on issues of sanitation around Cape Town and some parts of the Western Cape. We are concerned and we are conducting an investigation. The meeting with the mayor will also form part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the ANCYL of being behind the violence in Khayelitsha following the league's threats to make the province ungovernable.

The Western Cape is the only province that is not led by the ANC.