Airport waste dumpers’ case postponed

2013-07-02 17:00

Nine men have appeared in the Bellville District Court for allegedly dumping human waste in the departures hall at the Cape Town International Airport.

A ruling on their bail applications will be made next Tuesday.

The men are charged under the Civil Aviation Act and face up to 30 years in prison if they are found guilty.

They are also likely to be charged with public violence, State advocate Greg Wolmarans told the court today.

The accused are Loyiso Nkohla, Andile Lili, Yanga Njingwana, Ben Dyani, Bantubakhe Mqobodiya, Wandisile Mkapa, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo, and Thembela Mabanjwa.

Dyani, Mqobodiya, Mkapa and Diniso are former employees of Sannicare, a sanitation company contracted by the city of Cape Town.

Nkohla, who is an ANC councillor, and Lili, who is a former councillor, were arrested while out on a warning for a similar offence.

The bail application was to have started on Thursday, but was rescheduled by the Western Cape High Court after an application was brought by defence counsel Thembalihle Sidaki.

Magistrate Jannie Kotze said he would make his ruling on bail on July 8, but Sidaki said a whole week was too long for the men to wait.

Kotze said it had been suggested in the high court proceedings that the previous postponement was irregular and malicious.

However, he presided in court all day and did not get the time during the day to work on judgments.

“I am not prepared to give judgment today, as there are several issues to be considered,” he said.

“It was previously alleged that I acted maliciously and irregularly, and this time I intend to deliver a proper judgment.”

Wolmarans told the court the country’s democracy provided adequate channels for people to voice their grievances.

People with grievances had the SA Human Rights Commission, NGOs, and the courts to seek some form of redress.

“No one who considers the channels inadequate, may take their grievances to the streets – that will cause a slippery slide into anarchy.”

Wolmarans said the accused wanted to be in the spotlight as much as possible.

He said they wanted to be set free only to continue their cycle, and that they considered the court a puppet with them pulling the strings.

The court was not a “revolving door, or an instrument to be manipulated”, he said.

The accused had yet to satisfy the court that their release on bail was in the interests of justice.

Sidaki countered that his clients were human beings, but were being treated as “things”.

He said all of them were part of a community, with full constitutional rights, “and should be treated as such”.

Meaningful dialogue was needed to address their grievances, and not their arrest for protesting legitimate grievances.

Sidaki said the State wanted the accused denied bail as a form of punishment.

“I ask the court not to fall into this trap,” he said.

The men will remain in custody until their next appearance.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.