EFF members arrested for throwing faeces at Sanlam building

By Drum Digital
25 October 2013

Three people, allegedly EFF members, were arrested after the group they were with placed tyres and containers of faeces at the entrance to the reception area of the Sanlam building in Cape Town.

Three people, allegedly EFF members, were arrested after protesters threw faeces at Sanlam's head office in Bellville, Cape Town, on Friday.

"Around 10.30am a group of about 20 to 30 people, wearing red berets and claiming to be members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, gathered at our main reception," Sanlam spokesman Ainsley Moos said.

The group placed tyres and containers of faeces at the entrance to the reception area.

Staff called the police, and as the group tried to empty the containers a scuffle broke out between them and police.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said police arrived and told the group their protest was illegal.

"They were asked to leave the area... They started to pour out the faeces onto the ground and throwing it towards the Sanlam building."

Two people were arrested.

"One protester then attacked a police officer and tried to rescue the detainees in the police vehicle. This person was then also arrested and detained for assault on a police official."

The three would appear in court soon.

Van Wyk said three containers of faeces were taken back to the police station.

Moos said the protest had to do with someone employed by Sanlam's labour broker, whose contract was terminated recently.

Cape Town has been hit by a number of human waste dumping incidents in the past months. Most of the previous cases involved protests about sanitation in informal settlements.

- by Sapa

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