Airport poo protest cost R500 000

2013-07-02 13:01

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Cape Town - The nine men accused of dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport last month believe their actions were not illegal as they were "merely highlighting the plight" of their communities, the Bellville Magistrate's Court heard on Monday in a bail application.

Legal Brief states investigating officers told the court that the faeces dumped at the airport terminal delayed flights for 10 hours, resulting in a R500 000 loss in revenue.

The accused include ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla and former councillor Andile Lili  and they are being charged under the Aviation Act. The accused are asking to be released on R500 bail each.

Six of the other nine accused were out on warning for a similar offence when they allegedly dumped the waste in protest against the city's sanitation services.

On Tuesday, the attorney for the accused said his clients were the breadwinners in their families, there was "no real damage to property", they did not pose a threat to society and should be released.

The bail application continues on Tuesday.
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