Vuwani shutdown: Residents refuse to budge on demands

Vuwani shutdown: Residents refuse to budge on demands

The volatile situation in the troubled area of Vuwani outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo remained tense yesterday in the wake of a total shutdown of services.

Locals who embarked on protest action on Sunday, are demanding that a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB), that Vuwani be merged with other surrounding areas such as Malamulele to form a new municipality, be reversed.

Most roads and streets were still barricaded with piles of rocks and tyres, making accessibility to the area almost impossible. As has been the case for most of this week, more chaotic scenes erupted on Wednesday night, despite the deployment of even more police officers to the area.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Elijah Malatjie said two more grocery warehouses were broken into and looted. “There was also a foreignowned spaza shop which was burnt before being looted. The situation here remains tense.”

Minister of Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan was in the area on Wednesday, but according to one of the community leaders Arnold Mulaudzi, the meeting with the minister failed to yield any positive results.

“The minister came here to plead with us to work together with other areas in forming the new municipality, but we did not agree on that… we never said we wanted a new municipality.

“As a result, the total shutdown of services in the area continues until such time the MDB reverses its decision,” Mulaudzi said.



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