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Sat Dec 20 07:49:14 SAST 2014

Sterkspruit protesters charge motorists R50 to drive through

Sapa | 25 February, 2013 07:32
South African banknotes. File Photo
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / Reuters

Protesters who have blockaded roads in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape, have forced motorists to pay at least R50 to pass through.

Motorists told the Daily Dispatch 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 February 11 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 chairman Mcebisi Mgojo told the newspaper.

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