Poo dumpers fling racist insults
Johannesburg - Seven men who allegedly dumped human waste at Cape Town International Airport were denied bail by the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Magistrate Jannie Kotze ruled that it was not in the interest of justice to release the men because it was likely they would commit a similar offence again.
The men are Loyiso Nkohla, Andile Lili, Yanga Njingwana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo, and Thembela Mabanjwa.
The magistrate granted bail of R500 each to the two remaining accused, Bantubakhe Mqobodiya and Wandisile Mkapa, on the basis of their medical conditions.
The men who were denied bail were out on a warning for a similar offence at a Cape Town train station, at the time of their arrest.
They were released on condition they not take part in any protests.
The case was initially postponed until August 2, for the investigation to be completed and for the director of public prosecutions to decide on a trial court.
Supporters packed the benches and shouted as the men were led back to the holding cells.
They became loud and started singing songs in the court, while police officers looked on.
Lili could be heard in the cell shouting: “You white racist, you magistrate, you f***ing racist, you don't care... we can't allow our people to live in those conditions.”
Kotze and the men then returned to the court room to re-schedule the postponement, because the Cape Town train station matter was also on August 2.
The postponement date was changed to August 5. Lili continued his scathing attack as he stood before the magistrate.
He said: “He is only lambasting us because we are black. We are ready to spend 30 years in jail. Why must we be treated like pigs? It's enough now.”
Lili questioned why they had to respect the court when the court did not respect poor people.
Kotze turned a blind eye and left the court without reacting to the accusations.
About 50 supporters then took their protest outside and sang and danced peacefully in front of the court building in Landros Road.