ANC stands by Lili despite conviction

Andile Lili who was handed a suspended sentence will continue serving as ANC’s executive member in WC.

Andile Lili who was handed a suspended sentence will continue serving as ANC’s executive member in WC.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape says it will standby executive member Andile Lili in spite of him having a criminal record.

Lili was convicted in the Bellville Regional Court for contravening the Civil Aviation Act when he and eight others dumped human waste at Cape Town International Airport in 2013.

This week they were handed three year jail sentences which were suspended for five years.

ANC Western Cape Leader Marius Fransman has defended the actions of the nine so-called poo protesters.

"Imagine any of us in any household in the middle income environment, where you must literally have a pota-pota (portable toilets) in your house, stacked up, not being taken away."

Fransman has blamed the City of Cape Town saying the municipality has not provided decent toilets for residents of informal settlements.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says the ANC has no regard for the law.

The party's Bonginkosi Madikizela says, "It's quite shocking that a senior member in the ANC, who is a member of the provincial executive committee, continues to serve in that position and the ANC is standing by him. The message that they're saying is that they condone lawlessness. So we find it very disturbing."