Continuous water supply disruptions made the Butterworth residents hit the streets last weekend. Since the protest had erupted, sixteen people have been detained by the Eastern Cape police after several vehicles were pelted with stones on the N2 outside of town on Monday.
The Butterworth people are “tired of constant interruptions in the drinking water supply ” and the water outages in the area.
Police spokesperson Jackson Manatha confirmed that sixteen people, including six women, had been detained. All of them were charged with malicious damage to property and public violence, he stated.
The Mnquma Municipality spokesperson, Loyiso Mpalantshane, explained the reason for the last outage by saying that the water provision had been disrupted “after disgruntled workers at Amathole Water allegedly vandalised water facilities following failed negotiations with the employer.”