National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

MINISTER in the Presidency Trevor Manuel on Sunday hit at the "poo protesters" in Cape Town, saying that they could "never claim to act in the name of Nelson Mandela, or the organisation in whose service he devoted his life".

Mr Manuel is the latest African National Congress (ANC) stalwart to come out strongly against the protests which have rocked Cape Town in recent months.

Last week Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said dumping human waste during protests in Cape Town is an "attack against the whole population".

"What is currently happening in the Western Cape defies all manner of logic and it is outright inhumane," Mr Motsoaledi said.

Nine people were arrested for dumping human waste in the departure terminal at Cape Town International Airport.

ANC youth league member Loyiso Nkohla and former councillor Andile Lili were among those arrested. According to reports, the two were spending the weekend behind bars until their bail hearing on Tuesday.

The "faeces war" has gripped Cape Town in recent months as some residents protests against the city’s plans to eradicate the bucket system by introducing the equally controversial portable flush toilet.

Last month, 183 people were arrested for public violence at the Esplanade railway station after police caught them allegedly carrying portable flush toilets and human waste in blue municipal bags placed in milk crates.

Mr Nkohla and Mr Lili were also among those arrested.

All were eventually released on warning.

Speaking during Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela Legacy exhibition project launch on Sunday, Mr Manuel said that "faeces flingers" could never claim to act in the name of Nelson Mandela, or the organisation in whose service he devoted his life.

Mr Manuel cited the ailing statesman’s call for "disciplined mass action".

"He (Mr Mandela) eschewed wrong militancy for the sake of it. He put the organisation at the epicentre of decision-making. I can say without fear of contradiction that the faeces flingers could never claim to act in the name of Nelson Mandela, or the organisation in whose service he devoted his life," Mr Manuel said.

At the weekend, the sanitation protests in Cape Town continued with residents on Friday blocking a portion of the N2 highway near the airport in protest against poor service delivery.

Residents set alight tyres, blocked the highway with objects, and threw human faeces onto the road.