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Free State Water and Sanitation Hearing

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 15 October 2012

The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to the sixth round of its provincial Water and Sanitation Hearings which will be held in the Free State Province.

DATE:         Thursday, 18 October 2012
VENUE:       Selosecha Civic Centre, Thaba-Nchu (70km from Bloemfontein)
TIME:          08h30

The Commission will present a progress report regarding the implementation of its 2011 findings following the erection of unenclosed toilets in the Rammolutsi Township in Moqhaka Local Municipality.

These hearings are located within the Commission’s poverty and inequality strategy which is led by the SAHRC Commissioners.

The hearings are as a result of the large number of complaints the Commission receives and the Commission’s recent investigations and findings in respect of widespread complaints on the right to sanitation by the poor.

Not long ago residents of Rammolutsi Township near Viljoenskroon lodged a complaint with the Commission after the Moqhaka Local Municipality installed unenclosed toilets in their area. The Commission found that the provision of unenclosed toilets was not only contrary to the guidelines of the National Housing Code but a violation of their right to dignity. A Similar finding was made on the erection of unenclosed toilets in Makhaza in the City of Cape Town.

The Commission linked these two local-level complaints to the generic right to water and sanitation across South Africa and consequently decided to convene the hearings. The hearings will be attended by other Chapter Nine institutions and relevant State and Non-State organs that can be held to account by the communities during the proceedings.



Isaac Mangena
South African Human Rights Commission
Head: Communications
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