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'Poo throwers' back in court for sentence proceedings

The group were found guilty of breaking the law after dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport.

FILE: Ses'Khona Leaders Loyiso Nkohla (L) and Andile Lili address their supporters outside of Bellville Magistrates Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sentencing proceedings in the trial of Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement, the so-called poo protesters, continue today.

In February this year, the group were found guilty of contravening the Civil Aviation Act after dumping human waste at Cape Town International Airport in 2013.

It was part of a campaign to highlight poor sanitation services in many Cape Town townships.

Magistrate Nonkosi Saba is expected to be handed documents by social workers and officials from the Correctional Services Department.

These officials were meant to interview the group of nine to determine whether prison will be appropriate punishment.

In February, Saba granted a request by the defence that all members be interviewed by social workers and officials from the Correctional Services.

Saba found they disrupted services at the airport and also put people's lives at risk.

The charge carries a sentence of up to 30 years in jail.

The group has been very vocal in its opposition to the controversial portable toilets.

It has accused the City of Cape Town, which is led by the Democratic Alliance, of ignoring poor communities.