Vuwani vow indefinite shutdown in renewed protests over demarcation
Zoë Mahopo | 2017-02-06 12:14:00.0
Protests broke out in the area last year following a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board to incorporate parts of Vuwani into a new municipality with Malamulele‚ which currently goes under the name LIM 345. File photo
Image by: Simphiwe Nkwali Sunday Times
Residents of Vuwani in Limpopo have vowed to shut down the area indefinitely should government continue to deliver services through the rejected LIM 345 local municipality.
More than 200 people carrying umbrellas braved the rain to participate in a march on Monday morning.
Schools and businesses in surrounding villages were also closed.
The residents are expected to hand over a memorandum of demands to Limpopo MEC for cooperative governance‚ human settlements and traditional affairs Makoma Makhurupetje.
Protests broke out in the area last year following a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board to incorporate parts of Vuwani into a new municipality with Malamulele‚ which currently goes under the name LIM 345. The community wants to fall back under the Makhado municipality.
The spokesman for the ProMakhado Task Team‚ Nsovo Sambo‚ said they would keep shut down services in the area‚ including traffic offices‚ while they wait to hear from government.
Sambo warned that should government continue to impose services through LIM 345‚ the shutdown would continue.
“If we find resistance from government‚ the shutdown will continue indefinitely‚” Sambo said.
He said the community took the decision to reject services provided through the new municipality.
– TMG Digital/Sowetan