Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: The Man Behind Cape Town's Poo Protests - but Who Does Andile Lili Represent?


Expelled ANC councillor Andile Lili was at the helm of the October protests in Cape Town which led to violence and looting. Two further protests scheduled for the last few days were cancelled following the refusal of the City of Cape Town to grant permits, and the intervention of religious leaders.

Lili now says that if they don't reach an agreement with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille by the end of January on issues like housing and sanitation, she can expect a "radical" march in February. There's no love lost between Lili and the ANC, so who is he representing?

Andile Lili and his sidekick Loyiso Nkohla (another ANC councillor) came to most people's attention in early June this year, when they led a group of people who dumped faeces on the steps of the Western Cape provincial legislature to protest Khayelitsha residents' inadequate sanitation.

Lili later said he had been inspired to take up the cause after encountering a family of five in Khayelitsha living in a four-metre shack using a portable toilet. On 25 June, Lili and six others took the faeces stunt to Cape Town International, allegedly emptying containers of the stuff inside the...

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