ANC expels poo protester

2014-02-24 17:45

ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla has been expelled from the party following his involvement in faeces-dumping protests.

Nkohla and former City of Cape Town councillor Andile Lili were charged with, among others, bringing the African National Congress into disrepute. They led protesters to dump faeces on the steps of the Western Cape legislature and at Cape Town International Airport last year.

Prior to today's ruling by the Dullah Omar regional disciplinary committee, Nkohla was serving out a three-year suspension from the party after he disrupted an ANC event in Cape Town where President Jacob Zuma was speaking.

"After his previous suspension, he failed to rehabilitate himself," committee chairman Faizel Moosa said.

Lili's membership was suspended for in effect one year on similar charges.

"In view of the fact that he's a first-time offender, our view is that he be given another chance," Moosa said.

Lili was given a suspended three-year sentence, disqualifying him from participating in ANC activities for one year.

"The charges on which the respondents have been found guilty are of a very serious nature as it involved insubordination, insolent conduct and, very likely, criminality," the disciplinary committee said in its written judgment.

The committee took into account both aggravating and mitigating circumstances when deciding on sanctions. The fact that the two men continued their actions despite being informed by ANC leaders, even at national level, that their conduct would not be condoned, was seen as an aggravating factor.

"Both respondents did not display any remorse for their actions," the committee said.

"They pleaded not guilty on the basis that they have to answer to no one, particularly not the ANC, and maintained to the very end of the hearing that they have no accountability whatsoever to the ANC pertaining to their actions."

Both men refused to apologise. They have been given 21 days to lodge appeals against the judgment.

Lili was given his marching orders by the City of Cape Town in March last year after a multi-party disciplinary committee found him guilty on charges related to the illegal demolition of houses.

The council this year recommended that Nkohla be fired.

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