Vuwani residents shut municipal office

2017-02-06 19:48
Roads were blocked with burning tyres during recent protests in Vuwani. (Netwerk24)

Roads were blocked with burning tyres during recent protests in Vuwani. (Netwerk24)

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Vuwani - Police are monitoring Vuwani, in Limpopo, after protesters forced a satellite municipal office to close and brought schooling to a halt on Monday.

More than 200 residents, opposed to the area's incorporation into a new municipality, marched to the office and demanded that the premises, near the road to Makhado, be locked.

Vuwani was incorporate into Lim345, a new municipality in Vhembe district, after it was demerged from the Makhado municipality last year.

The offices were intended for Lim345 municipal employees. Residents wanted the offices shut until the area was again merged with the Makhado municipality.

At least 26 schools in the area were torched last year, during protests against the demarcation decision.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said there was no violence during Monday’s protest.

Police would continue to monitor the area until they were satisfied that the peace would not be disturbed.

Pro-Makhado task team spokesperson Nsovo Sambo said on Monday that they would rather remain in a non-serviced area than be “tricked” into accepting officials from the new municipality.

Limpopo traditional affairs MEC Makoma Makhurupetje received a memorandum from the residents and promised to address their concerns.

Sambo said they had seven days to reply.


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