Kruger gate closed at Punda Maria

2015-01-28 19:09
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Polokwane - Violent protests in Malamulele, Limpopo, have prompted the Kruger National Park to close its Punda Maria gate, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"We are advising tourists to use other gates because of protests in Malamulele affecting Punda Maria gate," William Mabasa said.

Tourists wishing to visit the park could use the Pafuri or Phalaborwa gates, he said.

The tourism industry on the outskirts of Malamulele has been suffering since violent protests erupted there. Last year protesters set fire to shops and looted, causing millions of rands in damage.

Local residents have blockaded the road to Malamulele and subsequently a route leading to Kruger National Park. No business or schooling has been taking place in Malamulele as residents demand they be given a separate municipality.

They accuse the Thulamela local municipality of directing services to Tshivenda speaking settlements and neglecting Xitsonga ones.

Residents are expected to know by Friday whether their bid to have their own municipality has been approved.

Malamulele police have confirmed that the disturbances are ongoing and that the KNP gate will remain closed till Friday.

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