MORE than 100 heavily armed police with water cannons and armoured vehicles were on high alert on Friday as residents burnt ANC T-shirts less than 100m from where premier Noxolo Kiviet addressed a small crowd.
A NUMBER of Eastern Cape government departments plan to leave Sterkspruit for Aliwal North 83km away due to the volatile situation in the town.
UNITED Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he would help Sterkspruit residents take their dream of becoming a stand-alone municipality to the Constitutional Court.
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela said she expected a provisional report on the investigation into allegations of corruption and nepotism in Senqu Local Municipality by June.
THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) distanced itself from the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip who were in town yesterday.
STERKSPRUIT residents will have to apply to the Municipal Demarcation Board for their own standalone municipality.
A TEENAGE boy shot dead by police during protest actions in Sterkspruit was given a hero’s funeral at the weekend, which drew thousands of people.
THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) leadership vowed to deal severely with those refusing emergency vehicles like ambulances and hearses from passing through barricaded roads, saying it was life-threatening to patients and inconveniencing bereaved families. The association also lambasted those stoning passing vehicles and demanding money from motorists, saying such activities showed criminals were trying to infiltrate the protest action, but warned they would be exposed. “We as the civic organisation are against the criminal elements which have just emerged. We strongly condemn the stoning of vehicles, assault of people and blocking emergency of vehicles from passing through. “We have numerous times discouraged that,” said SCA chairman Mcebisi Mgojo. Last week, emergency services in Sterkspruit were interrupted as the community protest raged on. Emergency vehicles, including ambulances, were unable to enter or leave Mlamli Hospital. Roads leading to the hospital were blocked with rocks, logs and burning tyres, and vehicles travelling on the road were pelted with stones. A matron’s vehicle was one of those damaged. A Daily Dispatch team and an armoured police vehicle travelling to the hospital had to turn back to town as the road was barricaded. “This is not right. This must not happen and we will never entertain such…