Parliament to debate Vuwani crisis

2016-05-12 13:41
School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

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Cape Town – Parliament is set to debate the ongoing crisis in Vuwani, Limpopo, next week following a request from the DA.

The proposed date is Tuesday, May 17, the same day President Jacob Zuma is expected to answer questions in Parliament.

DA MP Kevin Mileham said Parliament should engage properly with the crisis, in which 50 schools have either been vandalised or burnt down.

Residents of Vuwani, in the Vhembe district, went on the rampage following a decision to incorporate their area into a new municipality. On April 29, the Limpopo High Court rejected residents’ bid to overturn the Municipal Demarcation Board’s decision.

"The crisis didn’t just unfold overnight. Parliament needs to inquire as to how we got to this boiling point, where many people have resorted to protest in order to be heard," he said in a statement on Thursday.

The debate would provide an opportunity for clarity on the demarcation process, service delivery issues, and plans to rebuild the destroyed property.

Parliament had a responsibility to ensure that government was honest with people, and that the crisis was resolved, he said.

The Vhembe district was declared a disaster area this week.

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