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CT to appeal SAHRC sanitation findings

The commission found the city's sanitation plans would violate the dignity of informal settlers.

 FILE: Communal toilets in Kosovo, Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Thursday slammed a report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding its sanitation plan in poor areas.

The commission found the city's current sanitation plans to be woefully inadequate and a violation of the dignity of people living in informal settlements.

The commission's findings follow a complaint from the Social Justice Coalition.

Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Cape Town Paul Boughey says he disagrees with the report.

"It seems that the SAHRC don't understand it," he complains. "They don't understand the legislative environment, they don't understand the physical constraints and they don't appreciate the various sustained efforts we have made to improve access to sanitation."

Boughey says the city will appeal SAHRC's findings.