Police and policing resources are biased in favour of urban precincts and the defense of property as is evident in the recent killing of five cops at Engcobo police station.
Teaching and learning has been badly affected by the lack of accommodation at the East London campus of Fort Hare University, while living conditions for students at the main campus in Alice are just as bad.
In a meeting that took place on Tuesday between the Mayor, Patricia de Lille and Gugulethu Backyarders who have occupied pieces of land around Gugulethu, they told her that they are tired of empty promises of housing delivery.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday for police officers killed at the Engcobo Police Station in the Eastern Cape last week. Five officers and a retired soldier were killed when a gang attacked the station. Suspects linked to a cult in a nearby village were arrested in a raid on their church.
A group of backyarders in Gugulethu began to occupy vacant land in the township last week and started erecting shacks. By Sunday, the protestors had barricaded the busiest routes in the township, demanding to speak to the Mayor about housing delivery.
The appalling condition of roads in Eastern Cape towns is a resounding complaint from motorists who have to regularly repair their vehicles.
Before the delivery of the State of the Nation address that had land expropriation as a talking point, the Eastern Cape MEC released a statement inviting commercial farmers in the drought stricken Western Cape to move and invest in the Eastern Cape, something a land rights group describes as an insult to small-scale farmers.
PRASA in the Western Cape has announced that it has put its regional head on special leave . This coincides with the reopening of Cape Town’s busiest train route that was suspended for 6 weeks.
Cape Town’s busiest train route, the central line has been reopened after 6 weeks of suspension following the shooting murder of a security guard at Chris Hani station in Khayelitsha.
On 17 January, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the new National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khehla Sithole announced crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli, had finally been relieved of his duties. Since his suspension seven years ago, he has reportedly earned around R8-million and persistently meddled in affairs of the state. He will retire with full benefits and apparent impunity for his role in pillaging a Crime Intelligence secret slush fund. Mdluli has been widely blamed for the downfall of, amongst others, the former Hawks head Anwar Dramat, former NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, and Gauteng corruption-buster, former Major General Shadrack Sibiya. But he has thousands of lesser-known victims – collateral damage along the road to ‘a better life’ for some.
Lack of resources especially for science remains one of the biggest challenges in providing quality education in township and rural schools in the Eastern Cape and throughout the country.