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Fresh stink erupts over CT's toilet woes

City official Pierre Maritz was yesterday cross-examined about basic services in informal settlements.

FILE: Nine people including Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili are facing charges under the Civil Aviation act. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Portable flush toilets in Cape Town's informal settlements have once again come under the spotlight during a court case stemming from the city's so-called toilet wars.

Nine people including leaders of the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement are facing charges under the Civil Aviation act.

They allegedly dumped human waste at the departures terminal at Cape Town International airport in June last year to highlight the sanitation woes of poor communities.

City official Pierre Maritz testified during the trial yesterday and was cross-examined about basic services in informal settlements.

"I can tell you we have a dedicated team and a unit that will only focus on service delivery in informal settlements. They are working around the clock."

Chaos erupted outside the Bellville Magistrates Court yesterday 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.

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.