ANC slams latest poo dumping

2013-06-25 19:47
(Nadia Krige: News24 Travel)

(Nadia Krige: News24 Travel)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The dumping of human waste in Cape Town International Airport's departure terminal was unacceptable, the Western Cape ANC said on Tuesday.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable and the ANC condemns it without reservation," spokesperson Phillip Dexter said in a statement.

"This disgusting, pseudo-militancy is nothing more than anarchy, displaying a lack of any political or revolutionary consciousness or maturity."

Western Cape police said five people were arrested at the airport following the incident. They would appear in court once charged.

Acting airport spokesperson Deborah Francis said the group apparently pretended to be passengers and carried plastic bags through to the domestic and international departures terminal around 13:30.

"It happened literally within a few split seconds... They threw it, jumped back into the cars and sped off," she said.

Police then caught them.

Dexter said it was alleged that some people in the group were ANC members.

"If that is so they have acted outside of any ANC mandate or structure and against the ANC's policies, strategies and tactics. If any ANC member is found to be involved in this criminal behaviour, they will face the swift and appropriate disciplinary action of the organisation," he said.

Earlier arrests

Two weeks ago, 183 people were arrested on public violence charges at the Esplanade train station in Woodstock, Cape Town, for carrying portable flush toilets and human waste in blue municipal bags placed in milk crates.

They apparently also sang freedom songs which included a reference to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille as a dog.

The group appeared in court, were released on warning, and told to return on 2 August after further investigation.

The State was unsuccessful in its bid to block bail for former councillor and ANC Youth League member Andile Lili, and Yandani Kulati and Thembela Mbanjwa.

At the start of the month, a group of people in Khayelitsha threw human waste at a bus and cars used for transport to a green economy event hosted by Zille.

A day before that, two men dumped faeces on the steps of the Western Cape legislature in a protest about portable flush toilets (PFTs).

The men identified themselves to the Cape Argus newspaper at the time as Lili and ANC proportional councillor and youth league member Loyiso Nkohla.

The protests were linked to the apparent dissatisfaction by some people over sanitation in informal settlements and rolling out PFTs.

Read more on:    anc  |  ancyl  |  helen zille  |  andile lili  |  cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.