Media: A crisis of dignity – 5 humiliating years later

31 01 2010

One of a human being’s most private acts is a daily ordeal for these families

Jan 30, 2010 8:25 PM | By Buyekezwa Makwabe – Sunday Times

Ntombifuthi Mdibaniso dreads answering the call of nature. The matric pupil has been cleaning up human excrement for the past decade – often with only plastic bags to cover her hands – to earn the right to use a neighbour’s toilet.

The humiliating ritual has become a way of life for the 19-year-old, who lives in a shack with her parents in a section of the sprawling township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Read the rest of this entry »


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