Eastern Cape protesters barricade road with burning tyres

2015-04-07 20:23

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Alicedale – Protesters barricaded both entrances to Alicedale with stones, burning tyres and tree branches on Tuesday morning in a continued protest over poor service delivery and lack of development in the town.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Luvuyo Mjekula, said while the 200 protesters had since dispersed, police were still on high alert and people travelling in the area were advised to avoid Alicedale if possible.

“The protesters have gone home for now, but they have given indications that they are planning to continue with the protest action for the rest of the week, so we are cautioning people who are travelling in the vicinity to take the necessary precautions and avoid the area if possible,” he said.

Mjekula said the protesters had blocked both entrances to the town, located some 53km outside of Grahamstown, in continued protest against poor service delivery and lack of development in the small town, which falls under the Makana Municipality.

Last month, on March 23, community members set fire to a community hall after Mayor Zamuxolo Peter failed to arrive to address them on their grievances. The tyres of the vehicle belonging to acting municipal manager Mandisi Planga, who had been sent to address the residents in Peter’s place, were also slashed.

The residents then took to the streets in violent protest that saw 36 members of the community arrested. These members of the community have since appeared in court and have been released.

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