Family forced to use toilet built in their kitchen

Family forced to use toilet built in their kitchen
Published: 2015 March 25 06:39:52 (11549 Views)
A family from Umlazi, Durban, SA, live in fear for their health after they were allegedly forced to use a toilet built in their kitchen.

29-year-old Zukisa Madwalazi said: "We could be infected by germs from the toilet at any time," she said.

She told the SunTeam the two-roomed RDP they live in was built in 2008 and handed over to the family the same year.

"When we moved in, we saw there was a toilet in the kitchen. We reported the matter to the councillor but nothing happened," she said.

"We were hoping the contractors would be called to come back and change the layout of the house but this never happened."

She said six members of the family live in the tiny house, which isn't easy.

They used to use their neighbours' toilets during the day and buckets at night but the neighbours soon started complaining.

"We then built our own pit toilet outside but the neighbours said the smell was bad and it was too close to their houses.

"We are now forced to use this toilet in the house," said Zukisa.



She said the area used to be a squatter camp but RDPs were built there in 2008.

While some of the RDPs have the same layout, the other neighbours have managed to build their own walls in between or have at least put up room dividers.

She said the toilet doesn't work properly and after somebody has used it they have to pour water into the bowl to flush it.

She also said they often have problems when the toilet floods.

Councillor Amond Dladla said he didn't remember the family but advised Zukisa to visit the site manager.

"If they are not assisted they should come to my office and I will take the matter further," he said.

Public works department spokesman Mbulelo Baloyi said they would have to check if the Madwalazis built the toilet themselves.

He said no toilets were put in the RDPs because there was no water in the area when they were built.

"I will contact the family and find out what happened," said Baloyi.



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