SJC threatens legal action in fight for proper sanitation

The civil rights group says it will resort to legal action if the mayor fails to meets to their demands.

Khayelitsha residents marched to the civic centre in Cape Town to handover a memorandum on 24 May 2016. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) has reiterated it will take legal steps against the City of Cape Town if it fails to address concerns around sanitation in informal settlements.

A group of Khayelitsha residents marched on the Civic Centre yesterday, to hand over a list of demands relating to poor sanitation and safety concerns.

Demonstrators, led by the SJC, have vowed to be present when Mayor Patricia de Lille tables her budget today.

The Khayelitsha residents say the R15 million allocated to informal settlements is not enough to adequately address the "unhygienic and poorly maintained" sanitation services.

"They must put proper infrastructure in place such as flushing toilets. They need to do away with portable toilets."

They say they expect to hear an increase in expenditure and a timeline of when long-term ablution facilities will be rolled out in all 204 informal settlements in Cape Town.