Matatiele: key talks in Pretoria

2010-06-17 00:00

MATATIELE residents are hopeful that a meeting with the Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs Ministry (COGTA) in Pretoria today may end their protracted battle to be re-incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.

The Matatiele/Maluti Mass Action Organising Committee (MAOC) received confirmation from COGTA on Tuesday that the meeting will take place this morning. A representative from each of the organisations on MAOC will be attending.

Ever since the Demarcation Board first announced more than five years ago that Matatiele was to be moved to the Eastern Cape, the residents have tried every means to reverse the decision. They have held protest marches and conducted court battles. After the last national election in 2008, residents made representations to President Jacob Zuma’s government.

In 2009 COGTA started a process of initiating further consultations with the community to assist the government in the re-determination of the town’s borders. The initiative came after the cabinet decided in April 2009 to instruct the department to go back and test the views of the people.

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