Poo war crusaders released on a warning

Andile Lilli and two co-accused will return to court in August.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man at the centre of the so-called poo war and two of his co-accused have been released on a warning in the Cape Town Magistrates Court.

Andile Lili was arrested earlier this week after being caught transporting human waste, allegedly destined for the provincial legislature.

The court found the state's case was flawed. Magistrate Chumani Giyose said the prosecution did not complete the charge sheet and had failed to prove the three men had gathered without notice. The case was remanded to 2 August.

Earlier in the day, the state kicked off the second session of his bail hearing by presenting cases Lili could be implicated in.

Cases involving the disruption of schooling and burning of tyres were some of the matters the state presented against the former ANC councillor. But it emerged Lili has not been charged for these offences and may never be.

The state then closed its case.

The debate of Lilli being a possible flight risk was also raised, but investigating officer, Izak van der Westhuizen, argued the politician was an honourable man.

However, van der Westhuizen raised concerns about what Lilli might do if he is granted bail.

Lili indicated he intended pleading not guilty to all the charges he faces.

MASS ARRESTS

The three accused were one of 180 people who were arrested on Monday. Police also confiscated crates of sealed bags containing raw sewage.

Groups of Khayelitsha residents were rounded up at a local train station.

On the day Lili told Eyewitness News they would continue to dump faeces on Zille's doorstep until a proper sanitation service was provided for the poor.

Last Tuesday, demonstrators threw faeces at Zille's motorcade as she was leaving the Harare Community Hall in Khayelitsha.

A day earlier after ANC Youth League members emptied five porta-loos filled with human waste on the steps of the provincial legislature.

The uproar is in protest at the recent rollout of the City of Cape Town's new portable flush toilet project in Khayelitsha.