Faeces war hots up

A former ANC councillor says protests over portable toilets will continue.

Former ANC councillor Andile Lili. Picture: Catherine Rice/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Controversial former ANC councillor Andile Lili says protests against the use of portable flush toilets in some informal settlements will continue.

The ANC and Cosatu has condemned the way in which Lili and current ANC Youth League officials have vented their frustrations over people in certain areas being provided with portable toilets.

Protesters emptied the contents of a portable toilet at the entrance to the Western Cape Legislature earlier this week. Premier Helen Zille's convoy was also targeted in Khayelitsha, with demonstrators flinging raw sewage at her vehicle.

Lili says many community members don't want the toilets.

"These toilets have no walls and you have to relieve and clean yourself in front of your family which is humiliating. Sometimes after 9pm or 10pm people throw stones at you while you are sitting outside your house."

The City of Cape Town reacted swiftly with Mayor Patricia de Lille suspending toilet cleaning services in at least four informal settlements identified as "no go" areas.


Meanwhile, the city's so-called faeces war is being seen as an indication next year's general elections could be harder fought than usual.

This week's use of faeces as a political tool follows comments by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane that if the Democratic Alliance wins the province it will put a "pale male" in charge.

Political analyst Prince Mashele says all this shows is that the ANC is worried.

"They realise that the next possible province for the DA to capture is Gauteng," says Mashele.

The ANC itself says it has started campaigning a full year before next year's polls.