Por­taloo protests tar­get court

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SOYISO MALITI soyiso.maliti@inl.co.za

ABOUT 100 peo­ple protest­ing against por­ta­ble toi­lets were un­de­terred by the cold and rain yes­ter­day, as they marched from Cape Town sta­tion to the Western Cape High Court to hand over a four-page me­moran­dum.

The marchers said they were also there to voice their un­hap­pi­ness over the fact that seven of their lead­ers were be­ing held in cus­tody, with­out a chance of bail.

Ear­lier this month seven men, Andile Lili, Loy­iso Nkohla, Yanga Njing­wana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Din­iso, Bongile Zanazo and Them­bela Ma­ban­jwa, were de­nied bail by the Bel­lville Mag­is­trate’s Court. The court deemed that they were likely to re­peat the of­fence af­ter they were ar­rested for throw­ing fae­ces around Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The marchers sang songs laden with ex­ple­tives di­rected at Pre­mier Helen Zille and mag­is­trate Jannie Kotze, who made the bail rul­ing, as they made their way through the city cen­tre.

The group stopped en route at the provin­cial govern­ment of­fices, where fae­ces had also been strewn last month, and were ad­dressed by lead­ers over a loud­speaker.

“Madam, we’ve come back to your build­ing, you racist. You’re go­ing to feel our wrath and we will not be in­tim­i­dated by you at all. Do you think we’re mad for march­ing in the rain?” de­clared Sithem­bele Ma­jova, spokesman for the group, who call them­selves the Cape Town in­for­mal set­tle- ments task team.

He con­tin­ued for some min­utes, be­fore the group moved on to the High Court.

The po­lice had cor­doned off the street, but the pro­test­ers broke the tapes and threat­ened to barge in.

Out­side the court, Mongami Mb­hele, who said he was the chair­man of the task team, urged Zille and Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille to visit ar­eas where the bucket sys­tem was in use.

“Af­ter this, we’re go­ing cause trou­ble if they don’t at­tend to our needs im­me­di­ately. From now on, we’re not go­ing to shy away from trou­ble,” Mb­hele said.

Af­ter protest­ing out­side the court for more than two hours, the group made their way back to the sta­tion.

PIC­TURE: THOMAS HOLDER.

ON THE MARCH: Por­ta­ble toi­let pro­test­ers sing and dance in the rain out­side the Western Cape High Court yes­ter­day, protest­ing over seven of their lead­ers be­ing held in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing fae­ces be­ing thrown at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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