Limpopo protesters 'failed to meet necessary criteria'

Frustrated residents in the Limpopo town have been demonstrating for weeks now.

FILE: Police will maintain a heavy presence in the area as news of the failed bid is disseminated. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Cooperative Governance Minister Andries Nel says a proposal by Malamulele residents to have their own municipality has been rejected because they failed to meet the necessary criteria.

Frustrated residents in the Limpopo town have been demonstrating for weeks now claiming the Tulamela municipality has been channeling services to Tshivenda speakers to their detriment.

Malamulele has been on lock down since the protests erupted and schooling has not yet started for the 2015 academic year.

Today the municipal demarcation board confirmed residents will not be given their own municipality.

Police will maintain a heavy presence in the area as news of the failed bid is disseminated.

Nel says the residents' proposal was simply not viable.

"What the demarcation board explained was that they had taken that proposal and evaluated it against the criteria in the act. They found that that particular proposal didn't meet the criteria and therefore they weren't able to embark."