9 due in court for airport poo protest

2013-06-26 09:35
(Nadia Krige: News24 Travel)

(Nadia Krige: News24 Travel)

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Cape Town - Nine people will appear in court for dumping human waste in the departure terminal at Cape Town International Airport, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said they would appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

They had been charged under the National Key Points Act, as the airport was a key point.

The Cape Times reported on Wednesday that two of the men arrested had been identified as ANC members already facing ANC disciplinary action for a similar offence.

One of the men told the newspaper they had took their protest to the airport to send a message to the United Nations (UN).

"We wanted them to know that our people have been living with uncleaned toilets that are filled up for three months," he said.

"We want the UN and these so-called environmentalists to know that the city does not care about the health of black people."

'Unacceptable'

Pretending to be passengers, the group carried plastic bags containing human waste to the domestic and international departures terminal at around 13:30, said acting airport spokesperson Deborah Francis.

"It happened literally within a few split seconds.... They threw it, jumped back into the cars and sped off," she said at the time.

They were caught by the police.

ANC provincial spokesperson Phillip Dexter said on Tuesday that such behaviour was unacceptable and that the party condemned it without reservation.

"This disgusting. Pseudo-militancy is nothing more than anarchy, displaying a lack of any political or revolutionary consciousness or maturity."

"If any ANC member is found to be involved in this criminal behaviour, they will face the swift and appropriate disciplinary action of the organisation," he said.

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