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De Lille hits out at SAHRC over toilet saga

Mayor Patricia de Lille has accused the SAHRC of being impartial in the sanitation saga.

FUMING: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is unhappy with the South African Human Rights Commission. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A spat has erupted between Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

De Lille has accused the national spokesperson for the commission of acting on behalf of the ANC Youth League.

This relates to comments Isaac Mangena recently made which the mayor says has brought the independence of the commission's probe into sanitation issues in the Mother City into question.

The mayor's office says de Lille will be meeting with the SAHRC on Thursday to discuss the issue and will not comment on the spat at this stage.

In a letter addressed to the commission's chairman Lawrence Mushwana, de Lille voiced her concerns that the body had conducted an inspection of toilets in Gugulethu without consulting the city.

The commission found that sanitation in Gugulethu's Barcelona, Kanana and Europe informal settlements was in a crisis.

Several communities have taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand proper toilets.

Recently, a group of protesters dumped raw sewage outside the Western Cape Legislature.

Last week, 180 protesters, including former ANC councillor Andile Lili,were arrested after they were found with sealed bags of human waste destined for the Cape Town Legislature and the city council.

In recent weeks angry residents have also flung faeces at convoys transporting Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and one of her MECs, Bonginkosi Madikizela.

The City of Cape Town has accused the youth league of politicising the issue.