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Schools, businesses on lockdown in Malamulele

Community members are waiting for feedback on whether they will receive their own municipality.

FILE: Police say businesses, schools and basic services remain on lockdown in Malamulele in Limpopo. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say businesses, schools and basic services remain on lockdown in Malamulele in Limpopo where community members are waiting for feedback from government on whether they will receive their own municipality.

Residents in the area and nearby communities started protesting again this week, demanding separation from the Thulamela Local Municipality which they claim has failed them.

The municipal demarcation board aims to give feedback to the community and provincial government next week on whether it's possible to create a new municipality.

The police's Ronel Otto says, "The total shutdown of all services in Malamulele and surrounding villages are still continuing."

She says there are absolutely no services and government departments and shops are closed but no further incidents have been reported.

Last week, demonstrators have accused the Thulamela Local Municipality of channelling services to Tshivenda speaking residents and are demanding they be separated.

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