South Africa 4.5.2016 05:56 pm

Cops barricade station as Vuwani situation intensifies

Police set up barricades to control overnight protesters, 4 May 2016, in Vuwani, Limpopo. The area has been hit violent protests that have resulted in the burning down of 13 schools over the demarcation of the municipality in the area. Picture: Alaister Russell

Police set up barricades to control overnight protesters, 4 May 2016, in Vuwani, Limpopo. The area has been hit violent protests that have resulted in the burning down of 13 schools over the demarcation of the municipality in the area. Picture: Alaister Russell

“We have to be proactive because one never knows when the protesters will come”.

We need to be proactive…. anything can happen. This is according to police officers from the violence stricken area of Vuwani, just outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo.

Upon arrival in the area, several police officers were seen barricading the under construction Vuwani police station with barbed wire.

“We have to be proactive because one never knows when the protesters will come.

“When they start with their violence, they don’t normally go in big groups, but small groups in different places,” one officer who did not want to be named told The Citizen.

Several roads remain barricaded with rocks and rubble. Police officers have also been seen driving around the area, monitoring the situation.

Residents have been on a protest since Sunday after being informed that local tribal leaders lost a court bid which sought to force the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to reverse its decision to merge the area with Malamulele and other surrounding areas to form a new municipality.

Irate protesters want to remain under the current Makhado local municipality.

 

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