No army deployed to Limpopo village - police

2016-03-08 10:22


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Vuwani - The army has not been deployed to Masakona village in Vuwani, Limpopo, as reported earlier this week, provincial police said on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto claimed she had never said the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) were helping police in the area.

"The deployment of the army within the borders of South Africa can only be authorised by President Jacob Zuma," she told News24.

Otto said a News24 correspondent from Limpopo who quoted her as saying that the army was sent to monitor the situation in Vuwani, never spoke to her.

"I cannot comment on SANDF issues."

She said there was only trouble in Masakona for one day.

"Everything is fine [in the area], it's back to normal."

At the weekend, a school and shop were set alight at Masakona village, allegedly by a group opposing government's plan to include them under a new municipality.

At the time, police said four mobile classrooms and three fixed classrooms at Rasikhuthuma Secondary were set alight on Friday evening.

A group also targeted the shop of man suspected of backing the new municipality.

Otto said they were investigating arson and public violence.

Some residents were angry about the decision to create a new municipality in the area, which will include Makhado (under which Vuwani falls) and Malamulele.

A group protested on Friday by blockading roads and pelting police vehicles with rocks.

Then they marched on the streets demanding that government reverse its decision to include them under the new Vhembe district.

* The original, incorrect News24 Correspondent's story has since been removed from the website.

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