ANC to charge poo ringleaders

Charges have been formulated against protest leaders Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla, the ANC confirmed.

Former ANC councillor Andile Lili. Picture: Catherine Rice/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC on Wednesday said it had already formulated charges against two of the nine men accused of dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport.

Officials in the ruling party are also formulating charges against seven others.

The group appeared in court earlier this week where bail was granted to two suspects.

Charges against protest leaders Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla have been formulated and officials are waiting for them to be released on bail, Regional Secretary Vuyiso Thyalisisu said.

He said action had to be taken after the group was asked not to use faeces during the protest.

They blatantly ignored the request, Thyalisisu added.

"Comrades continue to conduct themselves in a manner that is unbecoming of ANC members."

Meanwhile, a Khayelitsha task team set up to deal with sanitation grievances vowed to continue dumping waste in public places.

The task team says it is the only way they can fight for their rights.

At the same time, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has condemned the so-called toilet wars.

He called it an "attack against the whole population."

Motsoaledi warned the poor would be the worst affected should a disease break out as a result of the protests.