Malamulele residents call off protest after 6 weeks

2015-02-17 08:54

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The decision by residents in Malamulele to call off a six-week long protest in the area was progressive and in the best interests of all affected parties, the ANC in Limpopo said.

“The ANC in Limpopo welcomes the decision by the people of Malamulele to call off the shut-down of businesses and services in Malamulele and the surrounding areas,” said spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni today.

“The ANC views the decision to cease the public remonstrations as progressive and being in the best interests of all the affected parties.”

As a leader of society, the ANC committed to continue engaging with the people of Malamulele to advance their concerns.

“This has been demonstrated by the continuous engagements between the ANC, its structures and the Malamulele task team, and the recent establishment of a service delivery audit team in Malamulele,” said Ntshavheni.

Yesterday, community leader Isaiah Ndhambi said the protest had been called off.

“We as the task team of Malamulele have met with the other 14 stakeholders and agreed to suspend the total shutdown until August,” Ndhambi said.

The residents’ task team, who organised the protest, will meet Cooperative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan in August when government looks into the new reconfiguration of municipalities.

Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said at the time police would continue to keep an eye on the area.

Residents in the area have been demanding their own municipality.

The Municipal Demarcation Board announced in January that Malamulele did not qualify for its own municipality.

Protests erupted in the area last year before the May general elections, and reignited more than a month ago with residents demanding their own municipality.

Residents claim the Thulamela municipality has been channelling services to Tshivenda-speaking areas, rather than their own, which is dominated by Xitsonga speakers.

Since January, four schools have been set alight.

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