Toilet protesters march to city offices

Demonstrators complained portable toilets lead to illnesses like diarrhea.

Protestors from informal settlements in Cape Town march against poor sanitation. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of disgruntled residents from informal settlements across Cape Town marched to raise grievances about poor sanitation in informal settlements.

Locals marched to the City of Cape Town's head office.

The cold and rainy weather didn't deter demonstrators.

Most of the protesters are from Khayelitsha and Nyanga.

The group stopped at the office of the South African Human Rights Commission in Adderley Street in the city centre, where they handed over a memorandum of grievances.

They then made their way to the city's headquarters, demanding urgent action to address sanitation problems.

Demonstrator Isaac Mbathu said it was time the municipality helped them.

"We'd like the city to remove the bucket system and provide us with flush toilets."

Protesters complained portable toilets lead to illnesses like diarrhea.

They warned they would not stop fighting until they had access to dignified and hygienic toilets.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape described the nature of the ongoing protests as "despicable".

Last week, police stopped a group of Khayelitsha protesters at the Cape Town Station, before they could make their way to the Western Cape Legislature to dump human waste.

They were allowed to proceed after police confiscated the containers they were carrying.

They later gathered and handed over a memorandum demanding better sanitation.

The containers were placed in the back of a police van, while the entrance to the legislature was cordoned off.

Protestors recently threw faeces at convoys transporting Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, in two separate incidents.