Cape 'faeces war' continues

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille visits Gugulethu in a bid to defuse the ‘human faeces war’.

City of Cape Town workers clean portable toilets in Gugulethu on 11 June 2013. Picture: Tammy Abrahams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Gugulethu residents in the Barcelona informal settlement on Tuesday criticised the containers they say they are being forced to use as toilets.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, armed with security and cleaning services, visited the area after a city vehicle was set alight.

She entered the area, which is known as the no-go zone, in an effort to stop what has been labelled the 'faeces war'.

After weeks of unsanitary living conditions some Gugulethu residents said it's a little too late.

More than 180 protestors, including controversial former councillor and ANC Youth League member Andile Lili, were arrested on Monday while transporting human waste.

They were found with crates of sealed bags containing raw sewage. They intended dumping the waste at the city of Cape Town's head offices and the Provincial Legislature.

However some residents think de Lille's efforts are in vain, as many children are sick due to the non-removal of human waste.

One mother, who asked not to be named, said her child has been dehydrated for days because she is constantly battling stomach aches.