ANGRY residents shut down a town for a day.

Shops were closed, kids were kept at home and hawkers were not on the streets of Butterworth, Eastern Cape, yesterday.

Residents said they were gatvol as they had not had water for more than six weeks.

Community leader Sibabaliwe Dadaboshe told Daily Sun: “We’ve been reporting the issue of water for many weeks but our government doesn’t care. That’s why we took the decision to make this town ungovernable.

“Our government treats us like animals. We’ve had many meetings with the municipality asking them to solve this matter but to no avail,” he said.

Hawker Nobanzi Zitshu (45) said the protest had cost her.

“I’m the breadwinner in my family, now I don’t know what we’re going to eat.

“I ask the government to listen to the call of residents,” she said.

Amathole District Municipality’s Nonceba Vuso said she was aware of the protest.

Police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said 16 people were arrested.

He said they are expected to appear in court soon on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.