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SAHRC rules against DA, ANC councils

The report found government reacted very late to serious water and sanitation issues.

The SAHRC report found government reacted very late to serious water and sanitation issues. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday said government often reacts very late to serious water and sanitation issues.

The body made the comments during the launch of a report on the issue.

The document was dedicated to six-year-old Michael Komape, who died after falling into a pit toilet at a Limpopo school in February.

SAHRC's Pregs Govender described the lack of access to water and proper sanitation.

The document focuses mainly on two complaints received in the build-up to the 2011 local government elections.

The report accused municipalities run by both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC of violating the peoples' rights to dignity and privacy by not providing water and toilets.

The chapter nine institution ruled against both councils.

The SAHRC's recommendations will now go before Parliament.