The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu Natal is concerned at the development of a Bucket Toilet system at the Port Shepstone Taxi Rank, Hibiscus Coast Municipality, following a closure of the rank’s toilets.

Through Media reports, the IFP discovered that the toilets were shut down three months ago. On a visit to the scene, IFP Member of Provincial Legislature and Shadow MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Hon. Inkosi MZN Madlala, discovered that taxi commuters especially women, pay R2 to relieve themselves in two buckets. On arrival at the scene, the Honourable member was welcomed by an awful smell of the dilapidated toilets.

“What is disturbing the most is that, it’s mostly pregnant women, children and women who make use of the bucket system. The taxi rank is also not very safe, as the area around the toilets is surrounded by men of all types and it is a very busy taxi rank,” said Hon. Inkosi Madlala.

Although the IFP is aware that the toilets were closed by Ugu Environmental Health Department, however, it is the duty of the Municipality to provide for its community and that includes provision of sanitation and proper ablution facilities. The IFP is calling for immediate intervention by the Municipality.

“Those toilets must be revamped and opened. If that fails then a proper alternative must be in place. It is a health hazard and degrading of human dignity for the people using the bucket system. If vandalism was also part of the reason they were closed then maybe there should be securities to make sure the toilets don’t get vandalised once reopened,” said Hon. Inkosi Madlala.