RESIDENTS of Marikana, in Port Elizabeth’s Walmer township, have been relieving themselves in an open field after the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality removed their temporary toilets in January.
The Marikana residents were moved from the flooded Airport Valley area in the township at the end of November last year to their new porta or wendy houses, with temporary toilets.
But they claim they were given a week’s notice in January to build their own toilets – which only some of them did. The majority have been using the open field, as the owners of the toilets lock them.
The small community of about 200 porta houses has three communal taps.
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