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    CORES of residents from Ncihana

    West in Elliotdale marched to the

    ANC Constituency Office to de-

    mand answers about the outcomes

    of their grievances they sent to the

    MEC for Local Government and Traditional

    Affairs Fikile Xhasa regarding the firing of

    Chief Bangisile Manduluka.

    ChiefMandulukaallegedly received a letter

    from Xasa in December last year stating that

    he must step down as the chief of the area.

    When they marched to this office last week

    they were carrying knobkieries and sticks,

    demanding to see Xasa. Anger was written all

    over their faces as they shouted at police offi-

    cials who were monitoring the situation.

    At the constituency office, police officers

    had to close the gate to make sure that the an-

    gry crowdcouldnt enter thepremises, but lat-

    er the gate was opened and residents got in-

    side the office, still demanding to see Xasa.

    One of the community members, Kwedini

    Mtukuse (50), said after their chief was asked

    to step down by theMEC, it was hard for them

    to receive services.

    If the communitymembers go to HomeAf-

    fairs for instance, they dont get help if they

    are carrying a letter signed by Manduluka.

    We can say we dont have a chief in our area

    and this is really killing us because it is pain-

    ful, said Mtukuse.

    He said they handed over their grievances

    to Nomvuzo Tayi in the Constituency two

    weeks ago.

    After they were told that their delegate

    would need to return the following Monday,

    residents forced their way inside the offices

    and started vandalising it, throwing out sug-

    ar, pulling downdrawers from the cupboards,

    breaking themicrowave oven and destroying

    pamphlets that were in the office.

    Police had to call for back-up, since the situ-

    ation was becoming worse and too much for

    them to handle.

    Mnyamezeli Manduluka said they were

    very disappointed about the way their prob-

    lem was handled.

    Our children dont get social grants, be-

    cause we dont have a chief to sign our docu-

    ments. We are not happy, because our chief

    is sitting at home even though we chose him.

    We want Xasa to give us answers.

    Chief BangisileManduluka (40) said hewas

    not happy aboutwhatwas happening. He said

    the situation could lead to creating different

    camps within the community.

    I want this issue to be resolved urgently,

    because my community is suffering. Xasa did

    not consult me she only sent a letter stating

    that I must step down which didnt give rea-

    sons why, said Manduluka.

    King Zwelonke Sigcau made it clear that

    Mandulukawas not a chief but a headmanun-

    der the late Chief Manzezulu Mdabuka. Sig-

    cau stated that the two (Manduluka andMan-

    zezulu) went to the Mthatha High Court

    where Mdabuka told the Court the reasons

    why Manduluka didnt have the right to be a

    chief.

    The late Manzezulu approached the High

    Court, hewon inCourt.Mandulukamust stop

    misleading people because he was not re-

    moved by the MEC. The MEC followed the

    outcome of the Court, said Sigcau.

    Express emailed questions to the Spokes-

    person for LocalGovernment andTraditional

    Affairs, Mamkeli Ngam, since calls placed to

    him went unanswered.

    Express wanted to know if the MEC was

    aware of the accusations.

    If yes, were community members informed

    about it and is there any Chief who can assist

    them for the time being since Manduluka is

    removed?

    Questions were also asked about possible

    solutions to the problem.

    Instead of answering the questions, Ngam

    only emailed a cover page for indictment to

    the Reporter.

    Residentsdemandachief

    Community members march to the Elliotdale Constituency Office. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

    Residents singing and chanting on the premises of the Constituency Office.

    PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

    A cupboard that was vandalised by community members who demanded to see MEC Fikile Xasa.

    PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA

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    REPORTER

    OPERATION Paseka, a National Operation

    aimed at ensuring that all people in the

    Eastern Cape are safe and feel safe during

    the Easter holidays, will be operational in

    full force this long weekend.

    One of the key strategies is to increase

    police visibility in public places in order

    to discourage perpetrators of crime from

    committing criminal activities. All the

    SAPS components are involved in the Oper-

    ation in order to effectively impact on the

    objectives of the operation.

    Operation Paseka commenced on March

    1 and will run until April 30, focusing on

    the following six (6) pillars:

    Crimes against women, children and

    vulnerable people

    Reduction of serious and violent proper-

    ty crimes i.e. trio crimes

    Crimes depending on police actions for

    detection i.e. liquor, drugs, firearms and

    dangerous weapons

    Road safety

    Enforcement of safety at sport and recre-

    ational events

    Trans-National crimes.

    Since the beginning of Operation Paseka

    to date, 2 660 suspects have been arrested

    for crimes ranging from murder, assault

    with intent to do grievous bodily harm

    (GBH), robbery with a firearm, robbery (ag-

    gravating), driving under the influence of

    liquor and possession of illegal firearms.

    A total of 25 illegal firearms have been

    confiscated. All the firearms have been

    sent for ballistic testing to determine if

    they had been used in the committing of

    crime.

    The operation will intensify during the

    Easter Weekend as Arrive Alive will also

    deploy more traffic officials on national

    roads and cities, including rural areas,

    along the Coast and on major roads from

    towns and cities. All roads in the province

    will also be closely monitored to detect any

    criminality during the holiday period.

    The community is urged to bear with the

    road blocks which may seem an inconven-

    ience, as these efforts are done to ensure

    their safety.

    The Eastern Cape Provincial Commis-

    sioner, Lieutenant General Celiwe Binta,

    assured all the Eastern Cape communities

    and visitors that SAPS members will be de-

    ployed in all priority areas to ensure the

    safety of all people.

    We will be out in full force and we will

    not tolerate any form of criminality. All our

    support systems are in place and we are

    ready to respond to any eventuality, she

    concluded.

    OperationPaseka in full force for Easter

    REPORTER

    ZULU- and Xhosa-speaking students strug-

    gling to grasp the often complex financial

    terminology of accountancy, could benefit

    from a groundbreaking initiative launched

    in February that seeks to address this chal-

    lenge by providing online video lectures in

    these two languages, along with English.

    TwoWalter SisuluUniversity (WSU) staff-

    ers have formed an integral part of an initia-

    tive born out of a desire to deal with this

    problem.

    Department of Accounting senior lectur-

    ersAkonaBabana andSenzoNdlangamand-

    la have shared their expertise in language

    and accounting to helping translate key ac-

    counting concepts from English to Xhosa

    and Zulu in the University of Cape Towns

    (UCT) on-going groundbreaking Learn Ac-

    counting initiative.

    The venture, termed the