ANC heavyweight Gwede Mantashe was quickly surrounded by armed police officers when a rally took a volatile turn yesterday.
E Cape wants highest voter registration THE army was called to Sterkspruit at the weekend as the ruling party embarked on a last-minute bid to stave off voter registration protests.
MORE than 100 heavily armed police with water cannons and armoured vehicles were on high alert on Friday as residents burnt ANC T-shirts less than 100m from where premier Noxolo Kiviet addressed a small crowd.
A NUMBER of Eastern Cape government departments plan to leave Sterkspruit for Aliwal North 83km away due to the volatile situation in the town.
UNITED Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he would help Sterkspruit residents take their dream of becoming a stand-alone municipality to the Constitutional Court.
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela said she expected a provisional report on the investigation into allegations of corruption and nepotism in Senqu Local Municipality by June.
THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) distanced itself from the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip who were in town yesterday.
STERKSPRUIT residents will have to apply to the Municipal Demarcation Board for their own standalone municipality.