The City of CT taken to court over sanitation in informal settlements

The SJC says the city unfairly discriminates in the provision of sanitation services to informal settlements.

FILE: People taking part in a protest against poor sanitation run away from a water cannon and stun grenades fired by members of the South African Police Services in Cape Town. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Social Justice Coalition has launched two court cases against the City of Cape Town demanding a plan for adequate sanitation services in informal settlements.

The applications have been made in the Western Cape High Court and the Equality Court.

Several Khayelitsha residents who don't have access to flushing toilets are among a list of applicants.

The SJC says in terms of the Equality Act, the city unfairly discriminates in the provision of sanitation services to informal settlement residents in Cape Town.

It says after a six-year long battle with the city to try to provide the poor and marginalised with dignity, it's decided to head to the courts for help.

In the court papers, the group declares chemical and container toilets and portable flush toilets do not comply with the minimum standards for basic sanitation under the Water Services Act.

The city's been advised to provide the applicants with a plan for the provision of permanent sanitation services within the next three months.