AS IT HAPPENED: Vuwani life must go back to normal, says MEC

2017-05-07 11:46

President Jacob Zuma has met with Vuwani stakeholders, but left a community meeting because it was "not representative" of those affected by the establishment of the new municipality, the Presidency says.


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Kids must go back to school, life must be normal from tomorrow - Makhurupetje

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Things did not go as expected today - Makhurupetje

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Makoma Makhurupetje is the MEC for Co-operative Governance and leader of inter-ministerial team

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They have given government five days to make sure that the rules of engagement are clear once schools are opened

07 May 18:12
As long as we have not resolved demarcation issues municipal offices will not be operating

07 May 18:11
Failure to show up by President Jacob Zuma forced residents to resolve to anarchy as they were promised that Zuma would address them

07 May 18:07
A programme of rules of engagement will be launched and released to parties involved in Vuwani municipal boundary disputes, Pro Makhado leaders say

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The pro Makhado task team blames the government for the disruption of the Zuma visit saying they were distanced from the meeting and final decision on Zuma's address

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Schooling and business set to resume tomorrow, the pro Makhado task team announced

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They also call for government to be transparent and ensure that schools and other services are restored in the area

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Arnold Mulaudzi said the decision will be implemented and sustained if government is transparent and honest on what was promised during Zuma and the Vha Venda King meeting

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Leaders of Pro Makhado group vow to suspend the shutdown but will monitor the progress and promise by government as long as they are reincorporated into the Makhado municipality

07 May 17:53
She said the president will return to the area and address the community of Vuwani. However, she said the matter will be discussed between those anti the new municipality and those who have been calling for protests

07 May 17:50
MEC for Cooperative Governance Makoma Makhurupetje said the task team and the government agreed that service will be delivered by the Vhembe district municipality

07 May 17:45
The Presidency believes the community meeting in Vuwani, Limpopo was not representative of the whole community affected by the establishment of the new municipality.

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There will be a media briefing on Vuwani at about 16:30, reports News24 correspondent Chester Makana. 

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Statement from Presidency

President Jacob Zuma visited Vuwani today, 7 May 2017. His visit followed a meeting he had with His Majesty King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana of Vha-Venda last week.

The President met with His Majesty and other leaders representing various community stakeholders including church leaders, traditional leaders, business, youth and the pro-Makhado group. The meeting accepted His Majesty's proposal that the Vhembe District Municipality should provide services to the people of Vuwani while a solution on the demarcation issue is being sought.

It was further decided that relevant national and provincial government departments should provide support to the district municipality to carry out this new mandate.

The meeting emphasized that the decision does NOT mean that the new municipality (LIM 345) is being disestablished.

President Zuma, His Majesty the King and all leaders present at the meeting called upon all community members in Vuwani to work to bring about normalcy in the community. Learners and educators in particular were urged to go back to school.

President Zuma will go back to the district to address all community members, those who are against the newly established municipality and those who are for.

After assessing the situation today, a conclusion was reached that the community meeting was not representative of the whole community affected by the establishment of the new municipality. It was mostly composed by those who oppose the new municipality.

President Zuma wishes to meet everybody and benefit from the diversity of opinions. He believes that the solution to the Vuwani issue should be inclusive.

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07 May 14:58
They started pelting stones on cars at the site. More than three cars vandalised, reports News24 correspondent Chester Makana.

07 May 14:58
No address made, and residents leaving as the situation turns ugly, reports News24 correspondent Chester Makana. 

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Van Rooyen to address residents on behalf of the president. Residents are shouting Zuma as Van Rooyen was booed. Van Rooyen became unpopular when the decision to incorporate Vuwani under new municipality was made, reports News24 correspondent Chester Makana. 

07 May 14:38
Crowd chants "Zuma, Zuma, Zuma" as Des van Rooyen tries to address the crowd. 

07 May 14:36
News24 correspondent Chester Makana reports that President Jacob Zuma has allegedly withdrawn from the Vuwani delegation to address the crowds. It is believed that he was advised to do so over fears for his safety. 

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Community leaders are now addressing the crowds, ahead of President Jacob Zuma's address. 

07 May 13:32
Vuwani residents are getting impatient, they have been waiting for the past four hours, News24 correspondent Chester Makana reports.

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