Johannesburg - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is demanding toilets and tap water for all residents of KwaZulu-Natal because it says such a move would "improve health" and "protect people's safety and dignity".
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements, Thokozile Gumede, said, Denmark township residents near Imbali in Pietermaritzburg were using pit toilets.
Gumede said when the pit latrines are full, "they flow like a raging river", which puts the lives of the residents at risk of contaminating diseases such as diarrhoea.
"We can avoid calamities such as cholera if people have access to clean and safe water," Gumede said.
"Sanitation is a cornerstone of public health and should be a priority. This is the time to make our people to have access to sanitation.