Sixteen arrested for N2 protest
Protestors have been stoning vehicles and preventing them from going through Butterworth to East London.
Sixteen people, 10 men and six women have been arrested for malicious damage to property and public violence in Butterworth this morning following a planned protest by residents over water shortages in the Amathole District Municipality (ADM).
Butterworth residents took over the N2 in protest and closed down businesses for the day over a water crisis that has been on-going for the last two months. Residents blockaded the road with rocks and burnt tyres preventing motorists from passing.
“It looks like Burundi here; people have been burning tyres on the streets and around businesses since 4am. Protestors are stoning vehicles and preventing them from going through to the East London and Mthatha side. Mthatha police have come in to assist us to control the situation, and we are escorting people out of town as all shops have closed. We are struggling to clear traffic from the WSU campus side,” confirmed Captain Jackson Manatha, spokesperson for the police.
Protestors say they will proceed until they have running water again.
The video below is of Butterworth CBD on Monday afternoon. Businesses have been urged to lock up. (Footage supplied by Crime & Safety East London)