‘N2 Butterworth safe’, after protests
Police have regained normalcy on the N2 after Butterworth residents took to the streets blockading and burning tyres on the national road between Ndabakazi and Butterworth on Tuesday morning. The cause of this new wave of protests is unknown, but Butterworth police suspect it is related to the on-going water shortages in the area.
“We have since cleared the N2 and it is safe for motorists to drive through. However, the area between the CBD taxi rank and the Butterworth College is still tense, College students are unable to travel to school. Together with the East London police we are working on resolving this matter,” confirmed Captain Jackson Manatha, police spokesperson for Butterworth.
Amathole District municipality has restored water supply in Ibika and surrounding areas. This is after vandalism of valves which resulted in a complete replacement of a pipeline that connects to Butterworth Treatment Works. This means Ibika, Cuba, Mcubakazi, Vulley Valley (extension 15 and 24) are receiving water.
Captain Manatha who is a Centane resident (close to Butterworth) suspects that locals are not happy because the flow of water has been inconsistent. “We have water, but it is on and off. It goes for two days and we have it for three days, it alternates.”
Spokesperson for the District, Noni Madikizela cautioned communities that Mnquma Municipality and other parts are badly affected by drought and as such, the feeding dam, Xilinxa Dam, is at 8%.
“Rationing is thus necessary as the dam will soon dry up should we not receive sufficient rain soon. We remain resolute in our quest to provide quality services to all our communities,” she said.