Zille questions SJC's 'sanitation hearings'

The WC premier & city officials met with the SJC over toilets provided to townships.

FILE. WC Premier Helen Zille has questioned the Social Justice Coalition's public hearings on sanitation in Khayelitsha. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has questioned the Social Justice Coalition (SJC)'s public hearings on sanitation in Khayelitsha.

The premier and City of Cape Town officials met with the coalition at the weekend to discuss the toilets the city provides for informal settlements in the township.

Last week a report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) found the sanitation in some Cape Town townships are violating residents' rights.

The commission's investigation follows a complaint by the SJC after it completed a public audit on the use of Mshengu chemical toilets in Khayelitsha.

In a statement following the public meeting, hosted by the SJC in Khayelitsha, Zille states the hearing could be regarded as a deliberate public ambush.

She further asks if it was fair to expect the city to respond on the spot without receiving any information beforehand.

The premier's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says, "It is unfair for them to only present the findings on the morning of the event and then require a response immediately."

The coalition has been instructed to hand a full report of its findings to provincial government.