DA to probe bucket toilet usage

Johannesburg - The DA will investigate the increase in the use of the bucket toilet system in the Eastern Cape, the party said on Friday.

"The DA will be initiating its own investigation to determine exactly in which areas of the province this has taken place," DA MP Kevin Mileham said.

The use of the bucket system was offensive and robbed people of their dignity.

"It is shocking that the problem persists on such a large scale in the Eastern Cape."

The party would identify hotspots, report them to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and follow up to ensure that remedial action was implemented.

Mileham said the SAHRC should investigate the issue as a matter of urgency.

"The SAHRC must identify those local governments that are responsible and must enforce strong remedial actions to those responsible."

On Thursday, a Statistics SA report showed that the use of the bucket toilet system had increased in three provinces between 2012 and 2013.

The Eastern Cape, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal reported increases, according to StatsSA's Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, June 2013.

In the North West, 1 481 households were using the bucket toilet system in 2012. This increased to 1 750 in 2013.

In KwaZulu-Natal, no households were using the bucket system, but in 2013, 1 585 were using it, according to StatsSA.

The number of households using the system in the Eastern Cape increased from 38 606 to 52 732. The province had the highest number of households using the bucket toilet system.

According to StatsSA, the number of households using the system decreased between 2012 and 2013 in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Free State.

In Gauteng, the number dropped from 160 to 58; in the Western Cape it decreased from 3 804 to 2 598; the Northern Cape decreased from 9 286 to 8 147, and the Free State went down from 35 214 to 31 032.

Limpopo reported no use of the bucket toilet system in 2012 or 2013, StatsSA said.

DezLee 2014-08-29 10:38:37 PM
Don't forget that ppl in the Western Cape received porta pottys, which are NOT being serviced - which make them the same as the bucket system too
Mr T. 2014-08-29 10:42:03 PM
This is their first action after the elections months ago. All along their are chasing Zuma and his wives. Even now they still had failed. Zuma is still in charged of the country and people loves him so much. They now tried the PP to bring Zuma down instead she must hire plumbers to stop the leaks in hare office.
Venicia Williams 2014-08-29 10:51:24 PM
Despite of the influx from the EC, WC still managed to have a decrease in the bucket system...
Douglas Ross 2014-08-29 11:10:56 PM
And now you see everybody attacking the da rather than asking themselves why provinces run by their great and glorious leaders are worsening
Akhona Makuluma 2014-08-29 11:31:51 PM
DA serve certain race "whites" with dignity,why only certain races still faces struggle in WC.And our are being brainswashed by food parcels.
Motsileng Moeketsi 2014-08-29 11:52:57 PM
Thats very rich coming from the same people who condemned many of us to this inhumane existence. Its like Bucket toilets suddenly erupted post 1994. Bible- punting HYPOCRITES
Thato Mokgwadi 2014-08-30 12:33:58 AM
What perplexes one the most is the question of why human dignity comes about when the ANC implements bucket toilets, but when they (DA) implement them, there's nothing wrong... They must run to the courts cuz that's what they are good at (Pure hypocrates) ... #Wolfsinshipskin
Rofhiwa Ronald 2014-08-30 01:58:38 AM
Clamp the boders
Shaun McCormack 2014-08-30 03:45:10 AM
I don't see the bucket toilet challenge taking off for ALS
SoutieTwo 2014-08-30 05:36:58 AM
Is the headline quite correct?