Matatiele: protest campaign launch

2011-03-02 00:00

THE people of Matatiele have not given up on their six-year-old battle to have their their town reincorporated into KwaZulu-Natal.

Today sees the start of a rolling mass action campaign over the town’s demarcation change in 2005. The town was incorporated into the the Eastern Cape while Kokstad was placed under KZN. The Matatiele/Maluti Mass Action Organising Committee (MAOC) will be holding a massive protest march, which will be led by church leaders, civil society organisations, traditional leaders, members of the KZN Provincial Legislature and councillors.

Organiser Mandla Gallo said that as far back as October 2008 cooperative governance minister Sicelo Shiceka had promised that the people of the town would know their fate shortly. “To date we have heard nothing from him.”  

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