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Khayelitsha sewage protesters stopped

Police have managed to prevent residents from dumping containers of raw sewage.

Khayelitsha residents were stopped by police at Cape Town Train Station after they were found carrying containers of raw sewage. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A small group of Khayelitsha residents have been stopped by police at Cape Town Train Station, after containers of raw sewage were found in their possession.

The residents - who were singing and dancing - were on their way to the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday morning.

They threatened to dump the human waste on the legislature's doorsteps if Premier Helen Zille refused to meet them.

There has been a spate of incidents in recent weeks, where raw sewage has been used in protest action, aimed at highlighting poor sanitation services in some informal settlements.

Last week, several people were arrested while making their way to the provincial legislature with raw sewage.

They vowed to continue with the fight for proper sanitation.

The City of Cape Town has accused the ANC Youth League of politicising the issue ahead of the elections.

At the same time, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned this method of raising grievances.

He believes the residents' concerns are justified but he disagrees with dumping human waste.

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