Kokstad residents stage poo protest at council offices

2014-12-17 00:00

EMPLOYEES in the reception office of the Greater Kokstad Municipality (GKM) hid under tables ducking from human feaces being thrown by residents on Monday.

The waste, carried in in black bags and white buckets by a group of men from Horseshoe township, was also dumped at the Harry Gwala District Municipality offices.

One of the protesters was heard saying: “We are tired of sh*t, they must smell what we are smelling everyday.”

GKM spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane confirmed the incident, saying the municipality condemns the act in the strongest terms.

“What those residents did was very wrong. It disturbed the working of the municipality, the business of the municipality was closed soon after the incident as it was marked as a crime scene by police,” he said.

KZN police spokesperson Major ­Thulane Zwane said they arrested 80 people. They will appear at Kokstad ­Magistrate’s Court today facing charges of public violence.

Recently residents of Horseshoe marched and handed the municipality a memorandum of demands that included the demand for flushing toilets.

At the march residents warned they would embark on a poo protest similar to what had happened in Cape Town.

Nontombi Qephu, who works at the Harry Gwala offices as a cleaner, said she had just finished cleaning when men stormed in and threw human faeces in the offices.

“I am so heartbroken because I had just finished cleaning and I am the one who is going to have to clean this thing,” Qephu said.

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