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Andile Lili arrested during court scuffle

Police fired teargas and used water cannons to control the crowd.

Violence erupted when Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla's supporters clashed with police outside the Bellville Magistrates Court where the two men appeared on 12 August 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement leader Andile Lili is among those arrested earlier today following a chaotic protest outside the Bellville Magistrates Court.

Although calm has returned to the streets outside the court, police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowds gathered in support of Loyiso Nkohla and Lili.

Nkohla, Lili and nine others are accused of dumping human waste at the Cape Town International Airport's Departure Terminal in June last year, at the height of the city's so-called toilet wars.

Supporters, who had come out in their numbers, clashed with police outside the courthouse.

The crowd erupted when Nkohla jumped on top of a police nyala.

Armed police officers then instructed him to get off.

A scuffle between police and Ses'Khona supporters ensued and police fired teargas and used water cannons to control the crowd.

Several people were subsequently arrested.

Lili was led back into the courtroom by riot police shortly after 2pm.

He and Nkohla have been charged under the Civil Aviation Act.

Lili, who was an African National Congress (ANC) councillor at the time, grabbed headlines in June 2013 when he led a protest that culminated in the dumping of faeces at the Western Cape provincial legislature.

They were initially suspended and expelled by the ANC but later welcomed back after the decision was rescinded on a technicality.

Pictures by Thomas Holder.

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