Malema arrives to hear toilet judgement

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema arrived at the High Court in Cape Town on Friday morning where judgment was expected in the so-called open-toilet saga in Khayelitsha.

Wearing jeans and a black jacket, he walked up the steps without speaking to reporters gathered around him.


No supporters were at court but music blared from speakers set up on a makeshift truck displaying African National Congress pictures.


The Democratic Alliance-led City of Cape Town stands accused of violating residents’ right to human dignity after 51 toilets were erected without enclosures in Makhaza, Khayelitsha in December 2009.


Malema had repeatedly used this against the opposition party in his campaigning ahead of local government elections on May 18.


The ANCYL, on behalf of community members, lodged a complaint about the open toilets with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in January last year.


The SAHRC recommended to the City that it reinstall the 51 toilets, but the city appealed against the SAHRC finding.


This was when the ANCYL decided to launch a court application on behalf of the residents.

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