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Ses'Khona accuse police of brutality

Police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse a chaotic crowd outside Bellville Court.

FILE: Andile Lili and Loyiso Nkohla, the men behind Cape Town's 'toilet wars', address their supporters outside the Bellville Magistrates Court on Tuesday 12 August 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Ses'Khona leader, Loyiso Nkohla has criticised law enforcement officials for their handling of a demonstration outside the Bellville Magistrates court on Tuesday.

A large crowd descended on the Bellville Magistrates Court to support Nkohla, Andile Lili and their seven other co-accused.

Police had to use tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse a large crowd.

Nkohla, Lili and seven 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.

Nkohla claims police provoked Ses'Khona supporters outside the court.

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.

But the situation got out of hand. Several people were subsequently arrested and Lili was led back into the courtroom by riot police shortly after.

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

Soon after order was restored, the court case resumed with testimony from the City of Cape Town's reticulation manager.

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They were initially suspended and expelled by the ANC but later welcomed back after the decision was rescinded on a technicality.

The trial continues until 21 August.