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Zuma leaves Vuwani meeting, Van Rooyen booed by residents

Three ministers have left driving at high speed, just moments after residents demanded to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma.

Vuwani residents sing and chant while waiting President Jacob Zuma's address. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

VUWANI - President Jacob Zuma has failed to address residents at Vuwani in Limpopo, after promising to disclose to them the outcome of a meeting over demarcation.

Residents then prevented Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen’s address by booing him and chanting “Zuma”.

The residents waited hours for Zuma to arrive and address them on the demarcation crisis.

They are demanding their area be re-incorporated into the Makhado Municipality and not a new municipality in Malamulele.

Van Rooyen, along with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and State Security Minister David Mahlobo, have left the area driving at high speed, just moments after residents demanded to be addressed by President Zuma.

Sources say the president was advised to leave, citing safety concerns.

Community leader Nsovo Sambo says he does not understand why the president kept hundreds of residents waiting for him, only to leave without coming anywhere near the venue.

“We had the president at the stakeholders’ briefing but he didn’t show up here to address the masses, the people he said he's coming to address.”

Several cars have been damaged, including three belonging to the SABC.

Police have cleared the area and now keeping an eye on the situation.

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