Chaos erupts as poo protesters appear in court

A scuffle between police and Ses’khona supporters ensued and several people were subsequently arrested.

Police maintain a heavy presence outside the Bellville Magistrates Court where supporters of Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla gathered on Tuesday 12 August 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Chaos erupted at the Bellville Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon, as the leaders of Cape Town's so-called "poo protests" appeared in court.

Supporters of the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement gathered outside the court in support of

Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili.

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 legislature.

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 and Nkohla have become notorious since the start of the protests. They were initially suspended and expelled by the ANC but were later welcomed back after the decision was rescinded on a technicality.

The pair also formed the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, a group that's held a series of protest marches in the Cape Town CBD.

Pictures by Thomas Holder.