Windhoek — The lack of enough public toilet facilities in the Havana 2 informal settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek, have residents at each others' throats, with accusations and counter accusations of inconsiderate behaviour and the absence of proper etiquette accompanying the use of ablution facilities flying around.
The few public ablution facilities are dirty, broken and practically unusable.
Water taps are left to run all night and sometimes all day, with water streaming into and around the surrounding shacks.
Havana 2 residents lay the blame on residents of other informal settlements in the area.
They now want the City of Windhoek to provide more toilets, at least one toilet for each household. Joshua Amukugo, the communications manager of the Windhoek Municipality told New Era that plans are underway to build more public toilets, with the aim to provide at least one toilet per 10 households.
Amukugo added that the process has been slow because of a lack of funds.
Residents claim that some people among them urinate on the toilet seats, while they also tamper with the public taps because they use the wrong 'water card devices' to get water from the public taps. In some informal areas, residents have resorted to locking the toilets, because nobody appears to be prepared to accept responsibility to keep them clean and tidy.