'Poo protesters' to once again march over township sanitation services

The group will soon take to the streets to intensify calls for better sanitation services in townships.

Seskhona protesters threatening to loot, some shouting; "we are hungry!" Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Ses'khona People's Rights Movement says it will once again take to the streets to intensify calls for better sanitation services in townships.

Four members of the movement appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday for allegedly dumping faeces on the steps of the Western Cape legislature in 2013.

The state and defence delivered final argument in the matter.

Ses'khona's Loyiso Nkohla says they are in the process of planning another demonstration against poor sanitation services in informal settlements.

"On 28 October we will have a similar march against the things we've been raising in the past two years as all issues of sanitation still remain a challenge in our communities."

Judgement will be delivered next month, against Nkohla and three others, for allegedly dumping human waste at the Western Cape Legislature more than two years ago.

The provision of portable toilets in Khayelitsha is believed to have led to the 2013 demonstrations characterised by the dumping of human waste at the airport, on highways and at the provincial legislature.

Nkohla maintains they've done nothing but highlight the plight of the poor.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, The Democratic Alliance's Athol Trollip says it's a disgrace that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has the most bucket system toilets in the country.

The mayoral candidate says the area has more than 30,000 bucket systems still in use.

Trollip visited the Walmer township in Port Elizabeth yesterday as part of his campaign to visit all 60 wards in the municipality in just two months.

He inspected sanitation conditions in the township and says a lot of work needs to be done.

"It's important for me to see that, because any mayoral candidate worth their salt or any political party worth their salt in government would have eradicated those problems a long time ago. There's absolutely no dignity in that kind of sanitation environment."