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Khayelistha residents pressurise de Lille to address sanitation issues

The City of CT has earmarked R15 million to be spent across 204 informal settlements this financial year.

FILE: The group, led by the Social Justice Coalition, has handed over a list of demands relating to poor sanitation and safety concerns in the area. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Around 100 Khayelistha residents have gathered at the Civic Centre to put pressure on Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to address sanitation issues in informal settlements.

The group, led by the Social Justice Coalition, has handed over a list of demands relating to poor sanitation and safety concerns in the area.

The mayor is expected to table her budget in the provincial legislature tomorrow.

The City of Cape Town has earmarked R15 million to be spent across 204 informal settlements this financial year.

But residents say the budget allocation is disproportionate to the community's needs.

#SJC the group is demanding Mayor commits to implementing better toilets, "get rid of Potta-Pottis". NM pic.twitter.com/wYHxxRPGOS



More than 5,000 residents have signed a petition handed over to a representative of the mayor calling for her to address their demands.

"There are bucket toilets and dirty water in front of the clinic, there are diseases there and it's not safe," one of the residents said.

The group has urged the mayor to increase expenditure to vulnerable communities and commit to implementing long-term sanitation infrastructure.

#SJC the group has arrived at the civic centre. They await a representative from the Mayor's office. NM pic.twitter.com/OcorHea8rh



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