Limpopo protests await visit from officials

2015-01-20 16:10
(File: News24)

(File: News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Protest organisers in Malamulele, Limpopo, said on Tuesday they awaited a scheduled visit by officials from the co-operative governance department.

"I received an e-mail this morning from the department that officials will be here on Wednesday. The e-mail did not state who are the people coming," said task team secretary general Isaac Nukeri.

"We hope a solution to the problems here will be reached tomorrow."

Protesters demanding their own municipality have brought the area to a standstill and barred pupils from attending school.

They forced shops in the local mall to close two days before inland schools were due to open for the new academic year.

The Municipal Demarcation Board was blamed by protesters for not heeding their call for Malamulele and some surrounding areas, especially those that are Xitsonga-speaking, to have its own municipality.

The demand for another municipality has fuelled tensions between Tshivenda and Xitsonga speakers and triggered division among local traditional leaders as some regard it as a tribal issue.

Earlier, the SA Human Rights Commission called on residents to respect children's right to education.

The organisation said the forceful removal of children from school was a violation of a right and an offence punishable by law.

Nukeri said the commission would not help the residents or give them their own municipality.

"The chairperson of the SAHRC in Limpopo called me to complain about the shutting down of schools. Will the commission help us and give us a municipality? I don't think so... they should come here and see the situation we are faced with," he said.

The commission in Limpopo told Nukeri they would arrange a visit to Malamulele soon, he said.

Nukeri said the situation in the area was tense, and only health workers were allowed in and out of the area.

Roads in the area were monitored to make sure no business took place.

"All shops are closed... we do not even have bread. We are prepared to continue like this until our demands are met."

Read more on:    sahrc  |  polokwane  |  protesters

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Land reform model fizzles

42 minutes ago

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.