Govt to secure stability in Malalmulele

The township has been gripped by violent protests since the start of the year.

FILE: State security minister David Mahlobo addresses people in Malamulele in Limpopo on 04 February 2015.

JOHANNESBURG - Government says it has held a fresh meeting with the Malamulele task team to discuss ways of securing lasting stability in the area.

The Limpopo township has been gripped by violent protests since the start of the year with several schools being burnt down.

The town had been on lockdown with residents demanding their own municipality.

Government says it has asked the municipal demarcation board to look into the matter again despite the board's finding earlier this year that Malamulele does not meet the requirements to have its own municipality.

The team has promised to make a comprehensive submission to the board in order to persuade it to change its mind.

The task team says it will also work closely with the community to make sure no more violence erupts in the area and stability is restored.

Meanwhile, government has also promised that almost half a billion rand will go towards community projects that focus on roads, storm water drains, electricity supply and bridges.

Schools in the area opened on Tuesday for the first time this year, after residents agreed to suspend the lockdown.

The department said about 100 students, who were unable to write their supplementary exams, have now been able to sit for their exams this week.

It said a catch-up programme would also be implemented to ensure students were not disadvantaged by the delay in the reopening of schools

At the same, police say they've arrested three people in Malamulele for their alleged involvement in ongoing protests in the area.