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Human waste dumped at CT airport

The suspects were apprehended at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Protestors from informal settlements in Cape Town march against poor sanitation. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least five people have been arrested for dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident comes amid a spate of protests by disgruntled residents over a lack of adequate sanitation facilities in informal settlements across Cape Town.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Community Safety Department said probing issues around Cape Town's toilet wars is high on its agenda.

Earlier on Tuesday, Safety MEC Dan Plato met with Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.

He pointed out the police's failure to arrest a group of sanitation protestors, who had apparently looted stalls along Strand Street in the Cape Town CBD, after appearing in court last week.

The suspects were apprehended at Cape Town Station for carrying human waste in crates with the intention of dumping it at the city council and provincial legislature.

Department spokesperson Greg Wagner said it is disappointing that no arrests were made in connection with the looting.

On Tuesday morning, dozens of disgruntled residents took to the streets to hand over a memorandum of grievances to the city.

The group also stopped at the office of the South African Human Rights Commission in Adderley Street in the city centre, where they handed over a memorandum of grievances.