ANC to act against poo protesters

The ANC has condemned the so-called poo wars and promised to deal with those responsible.

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 - The ANC in the Western Cape says it is taking disciplinary action against two of its members who allegedly dumped human waste at Cape Town International Airport.

Nine people, including ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla and suspended ANC member Andile Lili, are currently behind bars for Tuesday's dumping incident.

They were denied bail in the Bellville Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Nkohla and Lili are facing ANC disciplinary action.

The party's provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile says the organisation has distanced itself from the dumping of faeces as a form of protesting.

"We support the issues that are being raised but we think they should be raised in an orderly manner," says Mjongile.

The group will apply for bail next Thursday.

Several protests about sanitation issues in Cape Town in recent weeks have resulted in the so-called poo wars with people dumping human waste.

Meanwhile, protests believed to be linked to the wider sanitation fight are continuing sporadically on the N2 Highway.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has condemned the protests, saying they are politically motivated ahead of the 2014 general elections.

The Western Cape is the only province that is led by the Democratic Alliance.