Bronkhorstspruit residents still using pit toilets

Residents says govt has made empty promises and they won't be voting on 7 May.

FILE: A municipal building and satellite police station is torched by angry protesters in Bronkhorstspruit. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - With under two weeks to go before the elections, Bronkhorstspruit residents have told Eyewitness News about their daily struggles including how they are still using pit toilets 20 years into democracy.

They say government has made empty promises and that's why they will not be voting on 7 May.

Earlier this year, the Zithobeni, Ekangala and Rethabiseng areas were rocked by protests with residents demanding housing, water and electricity.

Ekangala residents have shown Eyewitness News invoices from local government which state that they are being charged for flushing toilets that they don't have.

An elderly woman said she has run out of space in her yard to dig holes for another pit toilet.

"These pit toilets are a headache for me. I don't even know where I am going to dig the next whole because I have run out of space in my yard."

She said she has been living in the area since 1988 and feels that the government has ignored the plight of residents.