Portable toilets disrespectful - CT residents

Police arrested a group, who allegedly intended dumping human waste at the Provincial Legislature.

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 - Some Khayelitsha residents have accused the Western Cape government of disrespecting them by expecting them to use portable flush toilets.

Police stopped a group of residents at the Cape Town Station who were allegedly on their way to dump human waste in front of the Provincial Legislature on Thursday.

Several Khayelitsha residents gathered in front of the legislature where they handed over a memorandum demanding better sanitation services.

One resident sat on a small portable flush toilet to demonstrate the indignity residents experience when using it.

The containers carrying faeces were placed in the back of a police van, while the entrance to the legislature was cordoned off.

Residents have warned if Western Cape Premier Helen Zille doesn't respond to their demands in the next seven days, they will once again gather at the building to dump sewage on the doorsteps.

In a similar incident during recent weeks over 100 people were arrested at a station in Woodstock for transporting human waste via train with the intention of dropping it off at the City Council and Provincial Legislature.

One of those arrested was controversial former ANC Youth League member Andile Lili.

Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth, the ANC has launched an investigation after angry residents of the Mdantsane township threw several buckets of human waste at the house of one of the party's councillors.

Landile Vika wasn't at home when residents reportedly dumped six 25 litre buckets of faeces all over the windows and walls.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has come out in support of the ward councillor and has called the attack the worst kind of demonstration.

It says while it understands the residents' frustration, Vika has only been a councillor for two years and should not be dealing with their problems alone.