Khayelitsha residents have pelted the official vehicle of Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela with human waste in the latest such protest. Madikizela was in Site C to officiate at a housing handover ceremony.
Residents are unhappy over portable toilets recently handed out by the City of Cape Town. There's been a spate of such protests in the Western Cape recently with human waste being dumped in front of the provincial legislature and elsewhere.
Five Khayelitsha community leaders, who have been granted free bail by the Cape Town magistrate's court for their alleged part in dumping raw sewerage at Western Cape government buildings, remain defiant. They are alleged to be leading a campaign against the introduction of portable toilets by the city of Cape Town.
Andile Lili, whom the state says is the mastermind behind the faeces dumping protests, says they will continue with their actions.
“Obviously this is not fashion. We are emptying those 'potapota' there. We are emptying those buckets there. The only way to prevent us from doing that is that they must clean those buckets that are there.”
On Thursday, the Cabinet condemned the recent dumping of human waste at the steps of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature in Cape Town. This followed protests led by the ANC Youth League against the bucket-toilet system, which is still being used in some townships.
Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane, said while Government respected citizens' right to protest, dumping human waste was not only undignified but also posed a health risk.