Use of bucket toilets increased in 3 provinces

Johannesburg - The use of the bucket toilet system increased in three provinces between 2012 and 2013, according to a Statistics SA report released on Thursday.

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

In 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 Stats SA.

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.

DA MPL in the Eastern Cape, Nokonwaba Matikinca, said the increase was shocking.

"The bucket system is an assault on the dignity of our citizens," she said in a statement.

"It is unacceptable that people have to live in contravention of Section 24 of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution which states that 'everyone has their right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being'."

According to Stats SA the number of households using the bucket system decreased between 2012 and 2013 in Gauteng, 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; 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, Stats SA said.

Babu Ephraim Maseka 2014-08-28 09:13:04 PM
Vote for change and vote for TM... Thuli Madonsela/Thabo Mbeki..
Akhenaten 2014-08-28 09:16:12 PM
Lili, now you can leave the W. Cape alone and you know where to go and may the stink be with you.
Totally Disillusioned 2014-08-28 09:17:21 PM
"It is unacceptable that people have to live in contravention of Section 24 of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution which states that 'everyone has their right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being'." Correct! Wonder why we persist in coal mining, allowing buses & trucks on our road that emit soot and sulphur outside of legislation, and having a power grid that pollutes to the extent that people's deaths may be attributed to it. AMD is ruining our rivers and wetlands, but because it is not a nice stinking, toilet issue, that makes no political popular-speak, it is ignored. As longs as politicians make political points out of health issues instead of doing something (including stopping fraud and corruption), we are on a downward slope with no recovery. How about we lobby for an environment that does not harm by killing 30 people per day on our roads, or an environment that does not murder 50 people per day? I'd rather c_rp in a bucket outside my house than being murdered inside it.......
King Swayi 2014-08-28 09:30:54 PM
That's why my black bros are flocking to the WC, because the gov there is actually doing something. 50k+ households & no poo protestors, WTF?????????
Douglas Ross 2014-08-28 09:34:06 PM
But still only in Western Cape do they make such a big deal about it. It's time the people wake up and see the ANC for the pathetic party they are
Monica Oosthuizen 2014-08-28 09:38:53 PM
Zuma will rather spend the money on Nkandla and laughing about the buckets! Thanks for voting for me! He says to the people. Now take your bucket
Werner Nel 2014-08-28 09:43:28 PM
You get what you vote for ne....
John Greystoke 2014-08-28 09:47:56 PM
KFC buckets? Fill them up and send then to parliament.
Deon Du Plessis 2014-08-28 09:48:05 PM
Whahahahahaha! !!!! Where is Sissie Sisulu and her big mouth now?
Koos Papgooi Hendriks 2014-08-28 09:54:59 PM
Dankie jakop zuma en anc.... from bad to worse... dankie nkandla