Sterkspruit protests condemned

2013-06-19 17:05

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape executive council has condemned service delivery protests in Sterkspruit.

"[We] condemn in the strongest terms the disruption of government services and various acts of intimidation meted out against civil servants," it said in a statement on Wednesday.

It blamed a group that called itself the "leadership of civic organisations in the Sterkspruit area".

It said the protests resulted in civil servants staying away from work, which made government offices inaccessible.

"[We are] calling upon all civil servants to return to work with immediate effect to provide the required services to citizens," the council said.

Police had been mobilised to ensure the safety of civil servants and government property.

In February, Sterkspruit residents, under the banner of the Sterkspruit Civic Association, shut down the town for two weeks.

They demanded a stand-alone municipality separate from the Senqu municipality, which incorporates Lady Grey and Barkly East.

Other complaints related to lack of service delivery in Sterkspruit, and allegations of corruption and nepotism in the Senqu municipality.

Protesters reportedly blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres and demanded a "toll fee" from motorists.

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet's spokesperson Mxolisi Spondo said the unrest in Sterkspruit was ongoing.

  • JMaree - 2013-06-19 17:25

    Phansi CancER Phansi!

      Dubula Dubula - 2013-06-19 18:35

      Phansi DevilsAlliance Phansi!!!! Phansi DAshPhansi!!!!

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2013-06-19 17:30

    The people shall govern. All the People!

      Sipho Mathabula - 2013-06-19 19:52

      Magomarele the people will run this country into the ground even faster than the ANC sadly the ANC has no control over it's people I fear that the DA or any other party, won't either. Their will always be someone who is unhappy and will demand, demand, but I am afraid that is not how a democracy works. The differences will always be there whether it is tribal, cultural, racial, political or socio economic and as long as these fools don't get how a democracy works they will always turn to violence and burning and looting. Sorry DA, ANC, COPE, AGANG and even god forbid EFF no one will be able to satisfy everybody all the time so there will always be this neaderthal behaviour. Sorry you optimists not even you can convince me other wise, we are BLOODY doomed, and I mean BLOODY.

  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-06-19 18:08

    Leadership must not give up but talk to people, fill in gaps and cough out things that may be under carpet, stay above cheap politics, consult, account, give feedback. Local leadership should be made to account for failing to provide leadership. the provincial ANC structure should make sure that monitoring and evaluation is done. In KZN you will find political office barriers in the community meeting listening to an official when giving feedback to the beneficiaries. Also, politicians who are heading political desk in ANC must lead. At Engcobo the ANC REC members were able to lead and well conversant of what ANC wants in terms of the manifesto. In the long run, every politician and official must undergo training on development studies and further to that councillors need to be taken through political studies at formal schools. We must loose confidence in membership. SIZONQOBA !!!!!!!!! Thozamile Tyala

      Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-06-19 18:18

      Correction..... We must not loose confidence

      Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-06-19 18:19

      Correction .... We must not loose confidence .... Thozamile Tyala

      Jo Lekkading - 2013-06-19 18:25

      How about if the ANC just admits defeat. They haven't got a cooking clue what they are doing. It's time for them to step aside and let the grown ups take over.

  • Jo Lekkading - 2013-06-19 18:12

    Yep ... Another fine example of how the ANC is destroying our country. I wonder if these idiots will continue to vote for their beloved oppressors? Hmmmmmm, I also wonder how many bucket toilets there are in the Eastern Cape? ANC = delusional psychopaths.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-06-19 19:09

    We're tired of your condemnation. What are you going to DO about it?

  • Jones Phu-t Lekgoara - 2013-06-19 19:55

    The difference between ANC &the DA is when there's a protest the ANC doesn't blame the DA but the DA always blames the ANC.

  • Zahir - 2013-06-19 21:10

    After 19 years of anc rule anarchy

  • Macvee Parkies - 2013-06-24 17:33

    Sterkspruit toyitoyi is hard for to the business,many young people are employed by retail outlets and they are being highly affected they lose their jobs.old people are the victims of this shutdown they cannot get their grants

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