CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille believes ANC members are disrespecting their former leader Nelson Mandela by orchestrating the so-called toilet wars in the province.
Police have arrested nine people for dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday.
It happened just hours after hundreds of people from informal settlements across the Peninsula marched in the city centre, demanding better sanitation services.
The ANC in the Western Cape says it is trying to determine if those involved in the latest sewage dumping incident are party members.
Zille is adamant they are affiliated to the ANC.
“One is an elected ANC member of the city council of Cape Town and all of them are known leaders in the ANC Youth League.”
Zille adds the way in which the protests are being carried out is disrespectful to Mandela.
“For the organisation that he founded to have members who are behaving like this is the sign of the deepest and most profound disrespect to one of the world’s greatest leaders.”
The nine demonstrators are due to appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says security at Cape Town International Airport has increased significantly after human waste was dumped at the departures terminal.
Acsa says it is doing everything possible to avoid a similar incident from happening again.
Acsa's Deborah Francis has described the incident as unfortunate.
“The SAPS is on high alert and the airport has got the security agencies in place as well to support the police.”
Earlier in June, a group of protesters were stopped dead on their tracks while making their way to the provincial legislature to dump human waste.
The group is demanding flushing toilets and has vowed to continue its fight.
Recently, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa urged Cape Town communities to reconsider dumping faeces when demanding basic sanitation.
Ramaphosa said while grievances related to sanitation were justified, the manner in which the matter was being handled was not.