posted on Jun, 11 2013 @ 09:01 PM
Okay, so my title isn't the article title. I admit. I had to name it something and I didn't think the actual title was quite serious to the
...substance.. of the issue.
Cape Town 'poo wars': Mass arrests in South Africa
At least 180 people have been arrested, some carrying bags of human waste, ahead of a planned protest over the lack of proper sanitation in the
South African city of Cape Town.
It's a serious story, really. Obviously, the jokes write themselves too, but there does appear to be a real issue of concern to address and
sanitation is a serious matter!
The protesters accuse the local government, run by Ms Zille's Democratic Alliance, of not doing enough to provide proper housing and sanitation
The DA argues that it does not have the money to do this for all of the region's inhabitants.
Now that's a pretty troublesome thing. Not enough money? How much would Porta-Jons cost where nothing better is available?
isn't funny at all. I have a feeling that there is money in that budget somewhere, being
spent on something not quite as important as giving the population a means to do their natural business.
It has provided portable toilets to some residents but the protesters say they this is not good enough.
It is the contents of these portable toilets which is being used in the protests, which local media have dubbed the "poo wars".
Oh... Well... Okay... They thought of that and found the solution to be the source of the new problem.
Can someone in South Africa shed some light on this issue for us? Really, the BBC title brings a smirk and a chuckle as I'm sure it's meant to.
However, widespread disease is born of poor sanitation conditions in even small populations. This sounds like a wide spread and chronic problem??