A judgment against the City of Cape Town over the construction of unenclosed toilets in the Mkhaza informal settlement of the Cape Flats “exposes the racism” of the Democratic Alliance, the ANC said on Friday.
“Not only is this landmark judgment a vindication of the long-held ANC view shared by many people, particularly the poor black working class of the Western Cape, that the DA is a racist political party only committed to protecting the last vestiges and policies of apartheid, but that its building of unenclosed toilets in Makhaza shows total disrespect for black dignity,” ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said.
“Judge Nathan Erasmus should be applauded by all South Africans for exposing the DA's violation of human rights and the need to protect Makhaza residents' Constitutional rights to dignity.”
In a judgment handed down in the Western Cape High Court, Erasmus said an agreement between the city and Makhaza settlement on the Cape Flats for the construction of 1316 unenclosed toilets was unlawful.
He declared the construction of unenclosed toilets a serious violation of the residents' Constitutional right to dignity.
The construction of unenclosed toilets, he said, was inconsistent with the mayor and the city's constitutional duty to provide the poorest of the poor with their basic needs.
“We have all along maintained that the DA, which creates an impression of espousing liberal values, is nothing else but a racist political party merely interested in protecting white privileges and those of the DA elite at the expense of the poor, working class residing in such squalid conditions as seen in Makhaza, Mannenburg, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu and Nyanga to name a few,” Mthembu said.
“We have always called on DA leader Helen Zille to climb down from her high horse and clean up her backyard in the Western Cape before venturing into unwarranted attacks on the progressive leadership of the ANC, with a track record of building better communities in South Africa.”
Mthembu said as South Africa moved closer to its local government election on May 18, the judgment should serve as a reminder to the electorate “particularly blacks” that all that the DA was interested in was their votes and “not their dignity, welfare and livelihood”.
“It is not, and will never be a political home for black people who include Africans, coloureds and Indians.
“It is not a party to be trusted and be voted into power by our people. Despite its desperation and attempts to confuse blacks of its true identity, the Makhaza judgment remains a chilling reminder showing on whose side Zille and his bunch of racist lackeys are on,” he said. - Sapa
Mina I'm very suprise that peole are interested on community base issues that need to be intertaned by leaders of the community. The ANCYL is supposed to be more influential on issues pertaining the youth, but they simply ingoring it. I'm confused of the Plan of Action of the ANCYL. I never heard the president of the ANCYL talking about issues for the youth. In UKZN students were demonstrating for financila aid, housing etc but there were no coments from the ANCYL. I think it's time now fot the ANCYL youth to think otherwise when they are going the the congress. Because this thing of electing peole not according to their capabilities is uncalled for.
The ANC needs to realise that most of our informal settlements consist of people out of the Eastern Cape that would rather live under these circumstances than go back home where there is no chance of a better life... Food for Thought!!
It serves the DA jolly right to have a judgement against them. Their poster of sdeilvering ervices to all is a joke now. The rightous Zille should apologise to the people of makhaza
Loudly South African, wrote
One thing is predictable: the ANC have become compulsive liars. The DA-run municipality entered into the deal in good faith. It did not know that one of its employees, the person who negotiated the deal, was an ANCYL leader intent on subverting the process. Even though more than 90% of the residents accepted the deal, the council did try to enclose the remaining toilets but were violently prevented from doing so by ANCYL thugs, who also demolished the toilets. The ANCYL, SAHRC and other racist ANC proxies have not raised the same objections about areas under ANC rule that are worse off. Their cynicism, hypocrisy and dishonesty have no bounds.
I want the ANC dominated council where I live to give me an enclosed toilet. A better life for all? It seems that everything you do is motivated by the desire to stay in power, not by concern for the people.
JUDGE NATHANS RULING IS FLAWED AS ONE CANNOT LOOK AT THIS ISSUE IN ISOLATION TO THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN OUR COUNTRY AT LARGE, THE ANC HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS WITHOUT PROVIDING DECENT EDUCATION, SHELTER, RUNNING WATER AND SANITATION ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THIS ID NONE OTHER THAN A POLITACAL JUDGEMENT AND SHOULD BE TREATED BY ALL WITH THE CONTEMPT THAT IT DESERVES. THE ANC IN THE WESTERN CAPE HAVE NEVER DELIVERED TO THE PEOPLE AND IN THIS CAMPAIGN HAVE YET TO OFFER ANY REAL ALTERNATIVES AND CONCRETE PLANS OF WHAT THEY WILL DO TO ALLEVIATE THE DEVESTATION THEY CAUSED WHEN THEY GOVERNED THE WESTERN CAPE.
Anon E Mouse, wrote
When will the informal settlements in Gauteng get enclosed, flushing toilets?
Definitely racist. No Indians or whites received free toilets.
F..k the ANC, wrote
Here we go again....!! The ANC governed areas amout to a lot more than 500 000 living without sanitation. It's amazing that the only thing they have to campaign with is the past, “racism” and apartheid. There was an agreement between the parties involved and the ANCYL came along to stir trouble as usual. I was in the Western Cape when it was governed by the ANC and the place was a pig stay compared to now. The toilets that the DA put up were not even there for the entire period the ANC was in control. The ANC is picking up stompies as usual and presenting their stompies to the uneducated that vote for them.
The only racist is the ANC. Pleae, does the anc really believe the Wester The only racist is the ANC. Please, does the anc really believe the WesternCape is that naive. Does the words Ficksburg, Manyani, corrupt municipalities ring a bell? The DA long ago admitted to the mistake, something the ANC mamparas can learn from. nCape is that naive. Does the words Ficksburg, Manyani, corrupt municiplailties ring a bell?
One would have to suppose that that is the only conclusion that Nathan was ever going to come to. The fact that the ANC have jumped on to it so quickly exposes the idea that they really have nothing else to offer as an alternative government to the DA.
The DA were quite daft with this one. It was always going to be used against them by the ANC and they should have just given in and made it go away ages ago, but instead they got all stubborn about it. No-one cares that the ANC did it first: the DA got their butts kicked by the COURT. Stupid. The DA can ill afford a mistake like this.
The agreement between the city and Makhaza was not only ethical but correct in the circumstances existing at the time. The judgment by Erasmus was not only faulty but in this day of total ANC corruption one has to ask how much he was paid to arrive at this conclusion.