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'Poo wars' ringleader hits out at Zille

An activist who took part in ‘poo protests’ says Helen Zille is trying to criminalise them.

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

CAPE TOWN - A controversial activist, who has admitted to being involved in Cape Town's so-called 'toilet wars', is adamant he and his fellow protestors aren't criminals.

Mario Wanza is one of 11 people identified by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille as being alleged ringleaders in a slew of protests in which human waste was dumped at public places including the Provincial Legislature and the Cape Town International Airport.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the province has since temporarily suspending seven of its members.

Wanza says Zille is trying to unfairly portray them as criminals.

"I participated at one of the events. I fully support the actions of people raising awareness. Instead of addressing the issue, Zille is trying to criminalise us. We are not criminals."

He admitted that dumping raw sewage on the N2 Highway was not the best approach in conveying their message.

"I agree, don't shut down the N2 Highway. Sit down and discuss the problems that we have. That's the simple solution."

Residents in informal settlements across the province embarked on 'poo protests' to alert the city about their sanitation problems and lack of flushing toilets.