Wanza admits to taking part in 'poo wars'

The controversial activist says he wanted to highlight the issue of sanitation in Cape Town.

Du Noon residents overturned a portable toilet during a service delivery protest on 26 July 2013. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Controversial activist Mario Wanza has admitted to being involved in the dumping of human faeces in Cape Town.

Protesting residents dumped waste in several parts of the province in recent months.

They are demanding flushing toilets.

Wanza is one of 11 people identified by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille as being the alleged ringleaders behind the so-called toilet wars.

On Tuesday, the ANC temporarily suspended seven of its members, including four people on Zille's list.

Wanza, who has often been in the news for various reasons, made no bones about his involvement in the dumping of faeces.

"It was in Green Market Square. There were two of those portable toilets and they were thrown at government offices."

While Wanza agrees dumping poo on the N2 highway is not the way to go, it is important to raise awareness around sanitation issues in the city.

"I agree, don't shutdown the N2, sit down and discuss the problems that we have every day. That's the simple solution."

Controversial ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla and former councillor Andile Lili also made it on Zille's list.

Both men were not available for comment.

Zille has also accused the ANC of politicising the issue of sanitation ahead of the general elections in 2014.

The Western Cape is the only province which is led by the Democratic Alliance and the ANC has vowed to win it back.