Protesters force motorists to pay up

2013-02-25 08:15
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East London - Protesters who blockaded roads in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape, have forced motorists to pay at least R50 to pass through, the Daily Dispatch reported on Monday.

Motorists told the publication that roads between Lady Grey and Sterkspruit were barricaded.

Sterkspruit residents, under the banner of the Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA), are demanding to have a standalone municipality that is not part of Senqu Municipality, which incorporates Lady Grey and Barkly East.

Other complaints relate to lack of service delivery in Sterkspruit, and allegations of corruption and nepotism within the Senqu Municipality.

Pupils in Sterkspruit have not been to school since 11 February as roads were blocked with stones and burning tyres.

The SCA has condemned the behaviour of the residents.

“We strongly condemn the stoning of vehicles, assault of people and blocking emergency of vehicles from passing through," SCA chairperson Mcebisi Mgojo told the newspaper.

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