Meanwhile, back in the real world, a bishop just gets on with the job (forgive the pun).

From IOL:

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has offered to act as a mediator in the ongoing row around unenclosed toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

Makgoba visited the area on Tuesday afternoon with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and spoke to residents whose toilets had been removed by City of Cape Town officials. He also inspected some of the flimsy enclosures of the remaining toilets. Many of the enclosures, put up by the owners, were made of wooden boards and zinc sheets.

After speaking to residents, Makgoba said he felt "pained and sad" that people did not have access to the basic right of sanitation.

"I came here because I wanted to see, touch, smell and walk what these people were going through," said Makgoba.

Makgoba said that all people involved needed to acknowledge that things had gone horribly wrong in Makhaza, apologise for their part in it, and seek a resolution.

"Let's not point fingers and have political point-scoring. I am pleading that people's dignity be respected and the issues of health and safety are taken into consideration," said Makgoba.

He said he would ask for a meeting with Mayor Dan Plato and Premier Helen Zille, and would offer to help.



  1. I can’t actually think of anything that matters more than decent toilet facilities. Good sanitation and privacy whilst having a crap is the benchmark of civilisation. I’m not joking.

  2. “I’m not joking.”

    Nor was I. The good Archbishop is doing Gospel work while managing literal sewage, while others bury the church in the figurative sort, distracting us from what is real.