Poo pro­tester Lili tar­gets Mow­bray Golf Course for hous­ing for poor

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JA­NIS KIN­N­EAR

POO PROTEST ring­leaders have vowed to con­tinue their fight to have pre­mier He­len Zille and mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille al­lo­cate them land for houses, af­ter hear­ing yes­ter­day that war­rants of ar­rest for six peo­ple were can­celled, while cases against a fur­ther 17 were with­drawn in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court.

The 23 poo pro­test­ers were among 184 peo­ple ar­rested in June at Es­planade train sta­tion in Wood­stock on charges of pub­lic vi­o­lence, and for con­ven­ing an il­le­gal gath­er­ing.

The group had been on their way to the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture to dump hu­man waste out­side Zille’s of­fice.

Mag­is­trate Al­freda Lewis can­celled the war­rants of ar­rest of six of the 23, and the re­main­der had their cases with­drawn.

For­mer ANC coun­cil­lor Andile Lili, with six oth­ers – Them­bela Mba­jwa, Yanga Njing­wana, Mzwethembe Gulwa, Xolisa Ng­wekazi, Yan­dani Ku­lanti and Phamela Nyakaza, con­tinue to face charges of pub­lic vi­o­lence and con­tra­ven­ing sec­tion 2 of sub­sec­tion 3 of the city’s waste man­age­ment act.

Later, Lili faced a sec­ondary charge and was joined by fel­low ring­leaders Loy­iso Nkohla and Bon­gani Ng­com­bolo. The three also face a charge of pub­lic vi­o­lence and con­tra­ven­ing the city’s waste man­age­ment act.

Both mat­ters were post­poned to Novem­ber 27 to de­ter­mine a trial date.

Mean­while, a group of more than 100 pro­test­ers sang and danced out­side the court, where Lili said that the protest ac­tion would con­tinue un­til their de­mands were met.

“We are de­mand­ing for the poor to have ac­cess to hous­ing de­vel­op­ments and land for crèches and churches. We want Zille and De Lille to tell us month end which land is avail­able,” he said.

He hit back at the pre­mier, who had re­port­edly said their de­mands were not “spe­cific” enough, claim­ing they were “very clear”. He added that ev­ery per­son should be screened to de­ter­mine if they qual­i­fied as a hous­ing ben­e­fi­ciary.

Lili sug­gested that Mow­bray Golf Course should be of­fered for hous­ing once its lease ex­pired at the end of the year.

“The golf course is more than 5 000 hectares so they will be able to build many houses and see lots of peo­ple live there,” Lili said.

ja­nis.kin­n­ear@inl.co.za TWO CHIL­DREN were re­ported to have died yes­ter­day when a blaze tore through shacks in an in­for­mal set­tle­ment near Steen­berg, leav­ing 40 peo­ple home­less.

By the time Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices reached the scene at about 11am, pan­icked res­i­dents had mostly put out the flames in the Over­come Heights in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

“I heard there are ba­bies un­der there,” said one man, point­ing to the still smoul­der­ing pile of rub­ble and metal.

Cape Town fire and res­cue ser­vices spokesman Theodore Layne said around 40 peo­ple had been left home­less. He con­firmed the two deaths.

Emer­gency ser­vices spokesman Robert Daniels said be­hind the one where the fire started. He re­turned home about 6.30am yes­ter­day af­ter work­ing night­shift, and was later wo­ken by his son, who warned him of the fire.

“We ran and joined the peo­ple try­ing to put out the fire,” he said.

Matiya said he couldn’t tell how many homes were burnt down, or how many peo­ple were left home­less.

He just knew it was “too many”.

Stand­ing next to the rub­ble, Stan Greyson pointed out where his home had stood. He was at work in Steen­berg and only found out about the fire when he came home. He said he had heard about the chil­dren who had died.

“They were small ba­bies,” he said.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

DEV­AS­TATED: Phindiwe Mzantsi, left, cries as a friend tries to com­fort her af­ter she ar­rived from work to find her home de­stroyed.

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