Claims of Water, Sanitation Delivery 'Far from the Truth'
BYLINE: Cobus Coetzee
CENSUS statistics don't tell the true story of service delivery in the Western Cape, activists have said at a Human Rights Commission (HRC) hearing in Worcester yesterday.
The HRC is expected to release a report in March on the state of water and sanitation delivery in the nine provinces.
One resident after the other stood up to tell of poor service delivery in communities across the province.
"When you speak to the Western Cape government they will tell you more than 90 percent have access to proper water and sanitation, but that is far from the truth," Social Justice Coalition co-ordinator Gavin Silber told the hearing.
Rawsonville resident Margaret Plaatjes said that in her informal community five families shared one toilet and a tap among them. People started to lay pipes and install taps in their own yards, but the municipality came to remove them."
Florina Karelse from Spookiesdorp, outside Rawsonville, said there were 100 families in her informal settlement, but seven communal taps.
Silber said poor maintenance had increased problems in Khayelitsha.
Environmental Monitoring Group activist Taryn Pereira said poor access to water and sanitation was not limited to those with no access to infrastructure, but poor people with access also had problems. …