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Khayelitsha toilet war slammed

A political analyst says people should brace themselves for cheap politicking ahead of the elections.

Sisanda Mntakaziwa sits in her home in the Cape Town informal settlement Jan se Bos, which received portable flush toilets from the City of Cape Town, on 6 June 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An independent political analyst believes some people may be using the poor to score cheap political points.

Some ANC Youth League members and controversial former ANC ward councillor Andile Lili have been blamed for the sanitation war in Khayelitsha.

There has been unhappiness with the rollout of the city's new portable flush toilet project.

In protest against the use of the system, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's convoy was flung with human waste on Tuesday.

Analyst Harold Pakendorf said, "We will see more of this kind of non-intellectual stuff as we get to the elections."

Meanwhile, the Social Justice Coalition says while concerns around poor sanitation in Khayelitsha are legitimate, it does not support violent protests.

The coalition's Phumeza Mlungwana says the issue has now turned into a political problem.

"The way people are going about to get their voices heard is disappointing because we don't condone violence. Residents should rather engage with government to ensure that they get the best service."

Meanwhile, the ANC and the ANCYL have distanced themselves from the incident.

The Western Cape is the only province that is not run by the ANC.

The ruling party indicated that it aims to win it back in the next general elections.