Poo protest leaders to appeal

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Expelled ANC member Loyiso Nkohla and the suspended Andile Lili say they will appeal on Monday against disciplinary action the party had taken.

Andile Lili. Pictures: Jason Boud. Credit: CAPE ARGUS

Last month, the ANC’s Dullah Omar region disciplinary committee found them guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and organising marches without authorisation from the ANC’s regional leaders.

The pair led marches last year against the City of Cape Town’s use of portable toilets in informal settlements, and dumped faeces at the entrance to the provincial legislature and Cape Town International Airport.

Nkohla was expelled from the party while Lili was suspended for one year. Nkohla told the Cape Times on Sunday that they had finished writing their representation for their appeal, but were finalising a few details.

Lili said they would submit their appeal to the ANC’s provincial executive committee on Monday.

He said they were appealing on the basis that they were not acting for their own benefit but for that of residents of the informal settlements.

“Many of them are ANC voters. If we had stayed idle, no one would have known about their plight. In our protest we never broke any ANC rules. Instead, we followed the strategies of the ANC to expose the provincial government and (Premier) Helen Zille.”

Lili said the decision of the committee was nonsense and they wanted it overturned by the provincial leadership.

At a meeting last Monday with SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin, leaders of the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement told Cronin residents under the movement would not vote for the ANC if the decision of the disciplinary committee was not overturned, Lili said.