Bail opposed for 'poo dumpers'

Six of the nine accused were also linked to similar cases.

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

CAPE TOWN - Nine people were arrested for dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday.

The suspects who are believed to be ANC Youth League members appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence.

A large group of people gathered outside the court. They said they were angered by the fact that the suspects were not released.

The state opposed the bail application of the accused, aged between 22 and 53, saying it needed more time to investigate.

Six of the accused are already linked to a similar cases where human waste was dumped.

The men will make another court appearance next week Thursday.

More than half a dozen incidents of human waste being used in protests have been recorded since the beginning of June.

FIGURES MISLEADING

The City of Cape Town's Ernest Sonnenberg has refuted claims by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) that all Capetonians don't have access to adequate sanitation.

"The city has always provided access to sanitation. We find the figures being quoted are misleading."

Sonnenberg however agrees that there is room for improvement on the city's sanitation services.

This comes after hundreds of residents from informal settlements across the city demanded better sanitation services via a march on Tuesday.

During the march, organised by the SJC, a memorandum was delivered to the city council giving them about a month to develop a plan to improve sanitation services in poor communities.

People living in several informal settlements across the city have been protesting against poor sanitation in townships and the use of portable loos.

'POLITICAL PLOY'

Protestors also threw faeces at vehicles transporting various high profile politicians including Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Human Settlements Minister Bongiwe Nkosi-Madikizela's car was also targeted while he attended an event in Khayelitsha.

Recently, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa urged communities to reconsider dumping faeces when demanding basic sanitation.

Ramaphosa said while grievances related to sanitation were justified, the manner in which the matter was being handled was not.

However, Unisa's Political Science Professor Derick Coetzee says it's a clear political ploy by some members within the party to destabilise the province.

He said playing dirty politics never drew voters to the polls.

Protest leaders Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla have both vowed to continue with their demonstrations no matter what action is taken against them.