Activists give Zille an ultimatum

A group of Cape Town activists says the premier has two months to respond to their grievances.

One of the toilet wars ring leaders Loyiso Nkohla [left] was spotted near the Provincial Legislature on 29 November 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisation on Tuesday said they are willing to risk getting arrested in their ongoing fight for better services.

They have given Western Cape Premier Helen Zille a two-month deadline to respond to their grievances, which include proper housing and sanitation.

The organisation's Loyiso Nkohla says, "We are allowing this process only for this period of two months."

He says the ultimatum is out of respect to the religious leaders who have stepped in to mediate talks between activists and government.

Nkohla says if their demands are not met, the province will become ungovernable.

"We are going to ask people to do everything that will make the government of the Western Cape account to them."

Activists on Monday apologised for a march which turned violent in the CBD on 30 October.

Protesters looted stalls and damaged property.