The Democratic Alliance and the African National Congress are often at each other’s throats but lately, the relationship between the two parties has taken a turn into smelly territory; ‘faecal warfare’. If the DA had ever thought that they’d heard the last offensive word from the ANCYL when Julius Malema was expelled, they couldn’t have been more wrong.
In what seems to be a protest against the bucket toilet system in the Western Cape, buckets of faeces have been flying and hitting their mark on the DA in the Western Cape. The DA is pointing the finger at the ANCYL for recent incidents of waste matter landing at the doorstep of the DA. A man has appeared in court in connection with waste matter that was blasted across a bus on which Helen Zille was a passenger. On Monday morning, two men left a smelly surprise for those who work at the Western Cape Legislature. Faeces were found on the steps towards the entrance.
The ANC mother body and the ANCYL have offered different responses to these bizarre incidents. On behalf of the ANC, regional chairperson Xolani Sotashe said: “…we distance ourselves from these acts of vandalism.” However, he added that the ANC is of the opinion that the manner in which the DA treats people in the townships is “appalling”.
ANCYL regional secretary Mfuzo Zenzile denied that any of its members were involved in these unhygienic shenanigans. Zenzile called for order and said that lawbreakers must be brought to justice. He continued: “If their behaviour is in conflict with the ANCYL position, we will also bring those to the disciplinary committee.”
Former ANC councillor Andile Lili, who no longer has a job with the ANCYL, had previously warned that such actions would one day occur. Lili once said that the ANCYL would “return with thousands of these bucket toilets next week and empty them around the legislature building”.
Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille, though angered, is undeterred by these disruptive incidents. She exploded to journalists: “The ANCYL are a lot of thugs. They’ve got no credibility whatsoever. Who do they represent? Even the ANC mother-body has distanced themselves from the ANCYL. You can’t take them seriously.” She had to forfeit her speech at a public meeting on Tuesday night when a man in ANCYL emblazoned clothing led a group of people in a disruptive chant. The ANC found the ‘thug’ remark unnecessary.