Police on standby in volatile Vuwani

2016-08-02 11:22
One of the burnt-out schools in Vuwani. (Netwerk24)

Thohoyandou – Police will provide protection to IEC officials in Vuwani, Limpopo, during Wednesday’s elections, police commissioner Lieutenant General Kgomotso Phahlane has said.

On Tuesday, police in the area were stopping and searching cars and removing rubble from the streets as protesters vowed to defy a peace agreement deal signed last week.

Police were ready to respond to any crises, and would be monitoring more than 650 hotspots around the country, Phahlane told reporters on Monday. He took a tour of Vuwani in a helicopter.

Vuwani residents burnt down and vandalised dozens of schools in protests against a Municipal Demarcation Board decision earlier this year.

The destruction started on April 29 when the Masia Traditional Council lost a court application to set aside the MDB's decision to merge the underperforming Vuwani municipality with parts of the Malamulele municipality in the Vhembe district.

Nearly 53 000 pupils were affected by the protests and shutdown.

On Monday, Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) CEO Mosotho Moepya said voting stations were not opened in Vuwani for special voting on Monday.

The IEC decided to postpone special voting here until Tuesday, as only 32 people had applied for special votes.

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