Ministers to engage Sterkspruit, Molteno communities

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sterkspruit - A delegation of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster ministers will today interact with the communities of Sterkspruit and Molteno in the Eastern Cape.

The visit is aimed at ensuring stability in the area ahead of the May 7 general elections. This is the third in a series of visits the ministers are conducting in different provinces. Previous visits were conducted in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape last week.

The delegation -- which includes the Ministers of State Security Siyabonga Cwele, Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Home Affairs Naledi Pandor, Correctional Services Sbu Ndebele and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane -- will hold community and stakeholder engagements at Bensonvale College Hall in Sterkspruit, before going on walkabout at the local taxi rank.

The ministers will later in the day meet with the Molteno community at the Town Hall.

There have been a number of service delivery protests in the area in recent months.

In Sterkspruit, residents under the Sterkspruit Civic Association, are demanding that it becomes a stand-alone municipality from Senqu municipality, which incorporates Lady Grey.

Molteno residents are complaining about allegations of nepotism and fraud at the Inkwanca Municipality and the pace of service delivery.

Protests in these two areas have in the past reportedly brought businesses and government services to a standstill, when residents barricaded roads and removed railway tracks, preventing trains from travelling past the area. -

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