Faeces dumped at W Cape legislature

2013-06-03 16:49
Protesters torched portable toilets near Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, during protests. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Protesters torched portable toilets near Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, during protests. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Johannesburg - Human waste was dumped on the steps of the Western Cape legislature on Monday, Premier Helen Zille's office said.

The culprits were being sought, said her spokesperson, Zak Mbhele.

"This afternoon's incident, in which the human waste contents of porta-loos were spilled on the steps of the legislature building, is absolutely disgusting," he said.

"We are analysing camera footage to identify the culprits who, according to witnesses, are allegedly ANC Youth League members."

Mbhele said criminal charges would be laid.

He accused the ANCYL of using "ungovernable tactics" ahead of next year's national elections.

The league denied the accusations.

Its regional secretary Mfuzo Zenzile said the party had held no meeting or protest that could have resulted in its members being at the legislature building.

"If there are individual members of the ANC, who performed this, they did it as individuals and not as part of the ANC clique," Zenzile said.

"If the DA wants to take them on, they can do so, but they should take them on as individuals and not as part of the ANC clique."

Last month, the provincial high court granted the City of Cape Town an interdict against 89 former employees of toilet service company Sannicare, and seven people associated with the ANCYL.

Sannicare janitors, who were responsible for cleaning communal toilets, blocked a part of the N2 highway with burning tyres, and dumped faeces on the road. The group was dismissed.

ANCYL regional chairperson Khaya Yozi denied its members had played any part in the toilet dispute.

"These are very extreme and unfounded allegations. It's just poor of the city, when they are caught with their pants down, to blame it on someone else," he said in May.

"We are not involved in these threats or violence whatsoever."

- SAPA
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