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SAHRC: Portable toilets a rights violation

The commission instructed the City of Cape Town to develop a comprehensive sanitation plan.

FILE: The City of Cape Town’s long-term use of temporary sanitation facilities is a human rights violation, the SAHRC found. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's current sanitation plan violates the rights of residents in informal communities, a report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) found on Wednesday.

The probe follows a complaint laid by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC).

This after the coalition completed a social audit on the use of Mshengu portable chemical toilets in Khayelitsha.

The report states the city's long-term use of temporary sanitation facilities is violating the rights of residents in Cape Town's poor and working-class areas

The SJC's Axolile Notywala described the report as a major victory in the struggle for dignity and equality among the less fortunate.

"It's a victory, not only for the people in Khayelitsha - it's a victory for people across the country."

The SAHRC instructed the city to develop a comprehensive sanitation plan within the next six months.