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protestGroundUp reports that residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape have been without tap water for more than a week, and deliveries by tanker to surrounding villages have also stopped.  

On Tuesday, 16 people appeared in the Butterworth Magistrate‚Äôs Court, charged with public violence.  They were released on a warning.  This followed continuing protests over water that started on Sunday.  Protesters have blocked roads and the N2 highway with rocks and burning tyres.  Shops, schools and clinics have closed.  According to protesters, the lack of water has not been caused by drought, but by the unresponsive Amathole and Mnquma municipalities.  Matters were made worse when Amathole District Municipality (ADM) workers embarked on an unprotected strike over wages.  They have now suspended their strike.  According to community leader Saziso Peter, problems with the delivery of water by tanker predated the strike action.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik of GroundUp at News24

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