Malamulele residents call off protest

2015-02-16 17:33
Malamulele (Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

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Polokwane - Residents in Malamulele in Limpopo called off a six-week long protest in the area on Monday.

"We as the task team of Malamulele have met with other 14 stakeholders and agreed to suspend the total shut-down until August," community leader Isaiah Ndhambi said.

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

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

She could not say how long police would monitor the town.

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 re-ignited 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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