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protestANA reports that businesses have closed down in the town of Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape following two days of violent protests.  

The protests began on Tuesday when unemployed young people from the nearby Mlungisi township took to the streets and burned down municipal buildings of the Amahtlathi Municipality, Amathole District Municipality satellite offices and the local clinic.  At least one person is thought to have been killed in clashes with police.  At least 18 people were arrested.  The protesters claimed that they were not getting jobs from the municipality due to nepotism and jobs-for-sex and bribery.  Noluthando Ngomane, one of the protesters, said:  “We are not getting jobs here, people who are getting employed are relatives of those that are working there.  If you don’t have a relative you have to sleep with someone or pay bribe to someone.”  She also indicated that they had given a petition to the Amahtlathi Municipality last month, but their complaints were not addressed.  The protesters also alleged that the local municipal mayor, Pateka Qaba, who was not a resident of that municipality, was giving jobs to people who were coming from outside of Amahtlathi.  

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