Cops still searching for poo protesters

2013-08-06 10:26
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2013-08-02 10:45

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Cape Town - Western Cape police were still searching on Tuesday for four men who dumped human waste on the steps of the provincial legislature on Monday, a spokesperson said.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the waste was dumped around 11:20, after which the men fled the scene.

"The circumstances surrounding the matter are being investigated, and no-one has been arrested as yet."

Cape Town has been hit by a number of human waste dumping incidents in the past few months by people protesting over sanitation issues in informal settlements.

Many believe the portable flush toilets (PFTs) being rolled out by the city are no better than the bucket system.

Court appearance

The legislature dumping occurred at the same time nine men appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court for allegedly dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport.

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

They allegedly dumped 10 buckets of faeces at the airport's departures terminal on 25 June. They are charged under the Civil Aviation Act, and face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Lili was previously arrested with over 100 others at a Cape Town train station in June for allegedly plotting to dump human waste in the city.

On 4 June, a group of people in Khayelitsha threw human waste at a bus and cars used for transport to a green economy event hosted by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

A day before that, two men dumped faeces on the steps of the Western Cape legislature in a protest about the PFTs.

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