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easterncape thumb100 GroundUp reports that the National Treasury is to probe allegations of nepotism and “jobs for sale” at the Amahlathi Local Municipality, following weeks of protests in Stutterheim.  

This was announced by Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa on Tuesday after a meeting with protesters.  But the protesters have vowed to continue their protest until all their demands have been met.  Stutterheim youth have been protesting since last month.  On Wednesday, two trucks were set alight on the N6 and police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.  Two municipal buildings and a clinic, as well as a truck, were burnt two weeks ago.  An Amahlathi municipal spokesperson said the Stutterheim offices were not operating and employees were not at work.  One of the protest leaders said:  “For now we agreed to let businesses operate and workers return to work but when the municipality starts to operate again we want to see change.  We are tired of people who abuse their power.  People are not hired because they qualify for the job.  They have to buy it or know someone inside.  We are tired of that and we won’t rest until we see corrupt officials being fired,”

  • Read the full original report by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik at GroundUp

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