ANCYL distances itself from latest human waste dumping

By Drum Digital
06 August 2013

The ANC Youth League in the Western Cape distanced itself on Tuesday from the latest dumping of human waste at the provincial legislature. This came after four men dumped human waste on the steps of the legislature on Monday. African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) convenor Muhammad Khalid Sayed (SUBS: CORRECT) denied reports that the group were league members.

"No, we have not identified them. And no, we do not recognise them," he said.

Police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut said the waste was dumped on the legislature's steps on Monday morning, after which the men fled the scene. "The circumstances surrounding the matter are being investigated and no-one has been arrested as yet," said Traut. 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 believed the portable flush toilets (PFTs) being rolled out by the city were no better than the bucket system. The legislature dumping occurred at the same time that 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. Nkohla is an ANC councillorand Lili is a former councillor and provincial ANCYL leader.

They allegedly dumped 10 buckets of faeces at the airport's departures terminal on June 25. 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 June 4, 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.

-by Sapa

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