WC toilet wars stunt financial growth

MEC says the so-called poo wars do nothing but hurt the province’s financial growth.

Protesters demonstrating in front of the Provincial Legislature in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Economic Development Department fears the so-called toilets wars and related protest action will do not nothing but stunt the province's financial growth.

Traders shut down their businesses on the station deck following protests in the CBD. Picture: EWN.

Protestors went on the rampage last week during a demonstration in the Cape Town CBD.

In recent months there has also been a spate of incidents where raw sewage has been dumped in public places such as the Provincial Legislature and the Cape Town International Airport as part of protest action against poor sanitation services in informal settlements.

MEC Alan Winde fears the toilet wars will have a negative effect on the tourism sector.

With holiday makers soon to arrive in the city, Winde has accused protestors of being short-sighted.

"It's really so short-sighted of anybody of anybody involved in this kind of activity where it has international ramifications to the whole of the economy."

ANC councillor Andile Lili addresses the media outside the Western Cape Legislature. Picture: EWN

The protestors are believed to be led by two ring leaders, former controversial African National Congress (ANC) councillor Andile Lilli and ANC City Councillor Loyiso Nkohla.