On Thursday, hundreds of supporters of social movement Ses’khona People’s Rights – the original poo-chuckers – marched to the Western Cape provincial legislature. The ANC Western Cape had put out a statement announcing that they would meet them there in support. Many Ses’khona members wore T-shirts stating “Ses’khona endorses ANC”. And yet when ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman tried to address the crowd, he was booed away. Politics is a bloodsport.
Police and officials were on edge ahead of Thursday’s Ses’khona march. Previous protests by the movement have ended in violence and looting. In October 2013, a march through the CBD led by Ses’khona leader Andile Lili saw small-scale traders on St George’s Mall robbed of their wares and car windows smashed.
Last month, following the appearance of Lili and fellow leader Loyiso Nkohla in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court, Ses’khona supporters looted Somali-owned stores in Philippi.
Concerns over safety on this occasion were fuelled by rumours that Lili had made an appearance on a local radio station in aance to encourage marchers to bring hammers in order to smash shop windows – an allegation subsequently denied by Lili. A number of the marchers were, however, carrying weapons…
Source : Daily Maverick