We will not vote, we will play sport - Vuwani leader

2016-08-03 18:10
FILE (AFP)

Vuwani - Pro-Makhado task team leader Nsovo Sambo has vowed that the people of Vuwani would boycott voting in favour of playing sport on election day.

In a telephonic interview with a News24 correspondent, Sambo, who is on the run following claims that the police were looking for him because of his involvement in the Vuwani uprisings, was adamant that people in the area were not going to vote.

"The point is that my community will not vote. They are boycotting the elections in a peaceful manner," said Sambo.

"They will instead be focusing on sports the whole day. We still stand by our word, and we will not vote until our demands are met. We don't want to fall under the Malamulele Municipality," Sambo said.

Vuwani residents have been protesting against the creation of a new municipality which will include Malamulele residents.

The residents say they want to remain in the Makhado municipality.

1 100 police deployed

Four men were taken in for questioning on Monday. The police have not indicated whether they will be charged or not. 

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the media would be briefed later today by Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane on issues including an update on the latest developments in the Vuwani case.

On Monday, Phahlane said 1 100 police would be deployed to the area, and that "three out of four people taken for questioning were leaders belonging to the pro-Makhado task team".

According to Phahlane about 40 000 people were expected to vote in the area, with the police clearing voting stations barricaded by protesters.

About 30 people were reported to have cast special votes in the area.

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