Poo protester slams 'racist' magistrate

2013-07-08 13:25
The human waste which was dumped at Cape Town Airport. (File, GoTravel)

The human waste which was dumped at Cape Town Airport. (File, GoTravel)

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Cape Town - One of the seven men who appeared in court on Monday for allegedly dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport has lashed out at the magistrate who denied them bail.

The men appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Jannie Kotze ruled that it was not in the interest of justice to release the men because it was likely they would commit a similar offence again.

The men are Loyiso Nkohla, Andile Lili, Yanga Njingwana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo, and Thembela Mabanjwa.

Supporters packed the benches and shouted as the men were led back to the holding cells.

They became loud and started singing songs in the court, while police officers looked on.

'White racist'

Lili could be heard in the cell shouting: "You white racist, you magistrate, you fucking racist, you don't care... we can't allow our people to live in those conditions."

Kotze and the men then returned to the court room to re-schedule the postponement to 5 August.

Lili continued his scathing attack as he stood before the magistrate.

He said: "He is only lambasting us because we are black. We are ready to spend 30 years in jail. Why must we be treated like pigs? It's enough now."

They are charged under the Civil Aviation Act, and face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Lili questioned why they had to respect the court when the court did not respect poor people.

Kotze turned a blind eye and left the court without reacting to the accusations.

About 50 supporters then took their protest outside and sang and danced peacefully in front of the court building in Landros Road.

Sanitation protest

The men allegedly dumped 10 buckets of faeces at the departures terminal of the airport on 25 June.

Nkohla is an ANC councillor and Lili is a former councillor.

The men who were denied bail were out on a warning for a similar offence at a Cape Town train station, at the time of their arrest.

They were released on condition they not take part in any protests.

"In spite of this condition, they arranged for faeces to be dumped at the airport which, in fact, has nothing to do with service delivery," Kotze said.

"They even went and notified the media. The only inference the court can draw from this is that they were not worried about being identified. This shows no respect for the court or legal system."

- SAPA
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