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And in the Centule community near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, residents do have toilets, but cannot use them. The holes dug underneath the toilets were too shallow, resulting in many structures lling over.

These open toilets named in the [City Press] article are putting Moqhaka municipality at shame due to the negative publicity connected thereto, Lelaka.s report said.

Mareka is listed on the database Cipro as the director of several companies, but he denied he or his company, Makutlisiso Develops, were involved in the toilet contract.

Various community sources told the M&G that Danteb Construction had done such a poor job that a second company had to fix the mess. This is allegedly the company that belongs to Mareka.

Vincent Mokgosi, son of Moqhaka mayor Mantebu Mokgosi, is listed as a director of Makutlisiso Develops. He also works as the manager in the mayors office.

In Mahenge, a settlement near Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape, people use the nearby stream as a toilet.

Municipal manager Simon Mqwathi said the matter is sub judice and ended the phone call.

So surprised

Bulwane said Magashule could not comment on allegations that the Moqhaka mayor was involved in receiving a tender for the job through her company until these had been verified.

In court s the Democratic Alliance filed when the Human Rights Commission took it to court in January, residents of numerous villages and informal settlements across the country describe the dismal conditions in which they have to relieve themselves.

The company.s name is a variation of Mokgosi and her husband.s first names, the resident said.

For the past few weeks the DA and the ANC have been embroiled in a ping-pong battle in which each has pointed fingers at the other for having unenclosed toilets in their municipalities.

Mokgosi refused to comment, ending the call when the M&G phoned her on Wednesday.

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The ANC claimed recently that it had not known about the toilets. But the M&G has obtained a copy of a report that Mike Lelaka, manager of technical services at the municipality, sent to the mayor on September 20 last year.

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The Nompumelelo informal settlement in East London has 10 chemical toilets used by 70 000 residents. They often go unemptied for two or three weeks.

On Thursday the ANC publicly called for Mokgosi to be fired and the DA asked the public protector to investigate the matter.

Moago said he could not discuss whether the commission had obtained its findings or how r the process had come.

Free State premier Ace Magashule was so surprised to find out about the toilet situation, his spokesperson, William Bulwane, told the M&G on Thursday.

There are 1 620 such toilets in Rammulotsi, which has found itself at the centre of the political feud.

The first contract, awarded while the mayor was still an ANC ward councillor, was worth R1.6-million. She became a councillor in 2000.

In the Osizweni informal settlement near Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, residents had to build their own makeshift toilets. But many are forced to use the veld or to defecate into shopping bags that they then toss into skips.

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The municipality.s technical manager, municipal manager and spokesperson refused to give the M&G the names of companies that had been awarded contracts since 2004 to build the toilets, which remain unenclosed.

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Bulwane denied allegations that Magashule had been aware of the situation since last year.

The Human Rights Commission was expected to release its report on the situation in Moqhaka this week, following a complaint laid by the DA in October last year.

But a bricklayer who works for Makutlisiso Develops confirmed the residents version. He said that he worked on the toilets project in 2009 and 95 toilets were completed.

For many, this stream is also the source of their drinking water.

Still investigating

In February 2006 Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, then minister of public service and administration, promised to eradicate bucket toilets by 2007.

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Some do have doors but they do not close and those toilets with seats cannot take the full weight of an adult. — Ilham Rawoot

The commission has come under fire from the DA for taking more than seven months to investigate its complaint, whereas it finalised the ANCdepartment of health eastern cape jobss complaint against the DA for building unenclosed toilets in Makhaza in the Western Cape within four months.

The report also said the estimated repair cost of R8-million was beyond the municipalitys budget.

Toilet tenders stink_department o,How could that happen? I.m on the council, he said to the Mail & Guardian.

This is because the open toilets do not do justice to the dignity of the members of the community. It also constitutes a health hazard and puts community members at risk of the elements when using the system.

Five years later thousands of South Africans are still using buckets — or no toilets at all.

[Mokgosi.s] son was the site foreman when construction of the toilets was happening, a source in the community said.

The community of Matthew.s Ground in Port Elizabeth still uses the bucket system. According to a resident, Eileen Elander, the residents empty their buckets themselves in the bush or into the nearby stream, which smells strongly of eces.

But commission spokesperson Vincent Moago said he could not confirm when the report would be completed and a Moqhaka resident told the M&G the Human Rights Commission people are still driving around town investigating.

M&G Online reported on Wednesday evening that the mayor and her husband, Daniel, co-owned a company called Danteb Construction, which the municipality contracted in 2004 to build unenclosed toilets in Rammulotsi.

The headquarters and the premier were so surprised when they found out this week, he insisted.

One resident said: There was a meeting called at the community hall in early July 2004 to tell us that the company appointed is going to build us toilets and that the money is approved by the province. And they said: Let.s just clap hands for the company Danteb.

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Those who want clean drinking water have to walk for two hours to the nearest dam.

It has also emerged that the Moqhaka municipality had been aware of the toilet situation in Rammulotsi since July last year, when City Press reported on it.

One resident, Smangele Ntuli, said that his neighbours had to wait till nightll so they could relieve themselves inToilet tenders stink_department o the veld.

Every investigation has its own merits and intricacies, so they won.t take the same time, said Moago.

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