News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday March 19th 2019

ANC poo protest disciplinary hearing postponed


The ANC disciplinary hearings against ‘poo protest’ leaders Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili at the Ritz Hotel in Seapoint were postponed on Saturday, however, the reasons for the postponement remained unclear as committee members refused to speak to the media.

ANC PR councillor Nkohla and expelled ANC councillor Lili are facing disciplinary action from the ANC Dullah Omar region following the dumping of human faeces on the steps of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature on June 3 and at the Cape Town International Airport on June 25.

The two are hoping charges against them will be dropped, as they said they did not violate ANC policy and expressed surprise that only they were hauled before the disciplinary committee as other branch executive members and ANC councillors took part in the protests over sanitation in Cape Town informal settlements.

The protests, which have seen containers of sewerage emptied at various public facilities and have resulted in numerous closures of the N2 since June, were in reaction to the DA administration’s plan to distribute Portable Flush Toilets to informal settlement residents who have dubbed them nothing more than a “glorified bucket system”.

Provincial Secretary Songezo Mjongile have labelled the pair as having “no morals” but Lili hit back saying Mjongile was “drunk” when he made the statement.

”It is ANC policy that we must involve ourselves in community struggle and we did exactly that. We did not break any ANC policy,” said Lili on Saturday.

“The ANC in the province cannot tell us how to protest, it is our democratic right that we must protest.”

He said residents of different informal settlements asked for assistance “and that’s what we did, we joined their protest”.

Lili said leaders such as Mjongile, ANC Chief Whip Xolani Sotashe, Dullah Omar Regional Chai JJ Tyhalisisu and Treasurer Patrick Mngxunyeni accused him and Nkohla of trying to seek popularity, he and Nkohla were “fighting for the people”.

”We have no fear because informal settlement (residents) support us.”

He said ANC leaders who criticised him were “jealous”.

The venue for the disciplinary hearing was changed from Community House in Salt River to the Ritz at the last minute, scuppering informal settlement residents plans to protest outside the hearing in support of Lili and Nkohla.

Speaking for the informal settlement residents, Sithembele Majova said they were disappointed to find out that the venue for the hearing had changed.

Majova was one of many residents who waited outside a community hall in Gugulethu’s Barcelona informal settlement to hear the outcome of the hearing.

He said they had planned to protest outside Community House so that the disciplinary committee could see that Lili and Nkohla had their support.\

”All we want is for the DC to drop charges against them because we believe they’ve done nothing wrong but fight for us,” said Majova.

Nkohla said the ‘poo protest’ will continue until Premier Helen Zille started taking their complaints seriously.

“We are not fighting with her but we demand service delivery for the people,” he said.

Nkohla already has a five years suspended sentence in the ANC following an incident in Good Hope Centre where he led a group of ANCYL members in disparaging songs against President Jacob Zuma when he gave an address there in February. – Nombulelo Damba



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