06 October 2013
The SJC on Saturday hosted a public hearing
on the outcomes of a social audit on refuse collection and area cleaning by
private contractors to Khayelitsha's informal settlements.
SJC`s Phumeza Mlungwana said the social audit
held between 30 September and 4 October – highlighted several shortcomings in
the provision and monitoring of this most basic service; violations of the
rights to dignity, health, equality, and access to a healthy and safe
environment; and potentially large-scale wasteful expenditure.
At the hearing, participants of the social
audit presented their findings based on the audit’s training, verification and
interviews. Community members gave testimony of their own experiences in
relation to this service and the consequences faced where provision is
Mlungwana said representatives from the
City of Cape Town were
given the opportunity to respond and an independent panel consisting of
representatives from the media, public health, the faith-based community and
civil society listened to the testimonies and provided analysis.
She also said the meeting found that no residents receive door-to-door refuse collection,
notwithstanding that this is a stipulation of the Service Delivery Agreements and
is a service that the City claims to exist across the City and waste
collection from shipping containers only happens once a week and not twice a
week as per the SDAs and the City’s claims.
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