Poo-protest leaders: we remain loyal to ANC

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IOL  ca p8 Andile Lili done INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS So-called poo-protest leaders Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili say they remain loyal to the ANC. From, left to right, is Andile Lili, Loyiso Nkohla and Khayalethu Kama. File photo: Cindy Waxa

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So-called poo-protest leaders Loyiso Nkohla, who was expelled from the ANC, and Andile Lili, who was suspended for a year, say other political parties are trying to recruit them, but they remain loyal to the ANC.

Nkohla said Patriotic Alliance general secretary Kenny Kunene was first to woo him just days after he was expelled by the ANC.

He and Lili said the Economic Freedom Fighters and AgangSA had also tried to persuade them to join.

Nkohla said Kunene had called him on Wednesday and proposed a meeting to discuss an alliance with Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement.

“He was also lobbying me for one of the leadership positions,” Nkohla said.

“I told him that we are not running a campaign for any political party. We are saying the government of the day must deliver,” he said.

Nkohla was expelled by the ANC’s disciplinary committee in the Dullar Omar region last week. Lili was suspended.

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 at Cape Town International Airport.

Lili said Agang members visited had him on Wednesday and asked him to join. He said they told him Agang was having its provincial election conference and wanted him to stand for election.

Lili said he had also received an SMS from Patriotic Alliance president Gayton McKenzie, in which the ex-convict told him to “come home, my brother” because the party had 500 000 members in the province.

Kunene said he had called Nkohla to set up a meeting.

“There is no way I could have recruited him without having that meeting first. He is not just an ordinary member. He is a leader. There is no way I could have recruited a leader without sitting down to discuss their terms,” Kunene said.

EFF provincial convener Nazier Paulsen said the party’s provincial leadership had not approached Lili or Nkohla.

However, they were welcome to join the party, he said. “We share the same passion as them in bringing justice to the poor. We would love to have them in our ranks… ” - Cape Times

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