Poo protester takes a seat on City of Cape Town council

2016-08-11 16:06
Andile Lili (File, Tammy Petersen News24)

Andile Lili (File, Tammy Petersen News24)

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Cape Town - One of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement's chief protesters, Andile Lili, vowed to continue the battle to get rid of all of the outside toilets in the city - but this time from his seat at the council of the City of Cape Town.

Speaking following his first council meeting after winning Ward 95 in Khayelitsha for the ANC, Lili said he would carry on with the fight to make sure people no longer have to use the "portaloos" that the city provides for houses with no indoor sanitation.

"That is my task," said Lili, whose presence showed the ever-changing nature of politics.

At one point in the campaign for municipal elections, Lili, who is chairperson of Ses'khona, said the movement would not throw its weight behind the ANC for this election because the party had not fulfilled its promises of land and jobs.

However, ruffled feathers were smoothed, and as a member of the provincial executive committee of the ANC, Lili was put up as a ward councillor and won.

The movement says it is apolitical, but is usually associated with the ANC.

In a shock move, its secretary Loyiso Nkohla endorsed the DA before the election.

He was unable to join the DA because of his and Lili's criminal record for contravening the Civil Aviation Act. They were sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.

In 2013, he and other Ses'khona protesters emptied buckets of faeces inside Cape Town International Airport to show their disgust at the portable toilets. They also poured excrement on the steps of the Western Cape legislature.

Lili said that the IEC had accepted his nomination for the ANC's candidate list.

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