ANC suspends 'poo war' ringleaders

Helen Zille has welcomed the ANC’s decision to suspend seven members implicated in the ‘toilet wars’.

The City of Cape Town alleges that Sibusiso Zonke was behind the so-called poo wars. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday welcomed the African National Congress (ANC) decision to temporarily suspend some of its members implicated in the so-called 'poo wars'.

The ANC has taken action against seven members, four of whom were identified by the premier as ringleaders in a string of protests involving the dumping of human faeces in Cape Town.

Sithembele Majova, Bongani Ngcombolo, Bongile Zanazo and controversial ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla are among the 11 alleged ringleaders identified.

The Western Cape government's Zak Mbhele said, "It's important to send a message that these kinds of disruptions to the N2 as well as the endangerment of public health do have consequences."

He said the timing of the suspensions are fortuitous.

"We certainly believed that it was important for us to highlight the evidence we gathered through our own research and hand that over to the police."

Meanwhile the ANC dismissed Zille's video footage, saying she could not identify its members.

It also accused Zille of trying to deflect from the issue of sanitation.

Over 100 people are expected to return to court in September for dumping human waste.