As the situation in Vuwani, Limpopo remains tense following destructive protests throughout the week, Premier Stanley Mathabatha has called for calm.
A number of vehicles and various buildings, including 13 schools, were torched by Vuwani residents who are in opposition of the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB)’s decision to place them under a newly formed municipality, Capricorn Review reported.
Mathabatha, said government was under enormous strain to provide and rebuild school infrastructure in the province, which was made more difficult by residents torching schools.
He called on all Vuwani community leaders and their members to calm down and restrain themselves in the ensuing violence in the area.
“As a Constitutional democracy, we should respect all court decisions, and in this case, the high court has decided against them, and we should respect that,” he said adding there was no reason to burn infrastructure such as schools, and clinics.
Mathabatha also called on police and all law enforcement agencies to do their work without fear nor favour.
“The peace loving people of Vuwani and neighbouring villages should protect their properties against criminals masquerading as activists,” said Mathabatha.
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– Caxton News Service