Security stepped up in Vuwani ahead of planned protest march

Protest leaders have told Eyewitness News they expect scores of residents to attend today’s peaceful march to the municipality.

Scores of Vuwani residents have started gathering as they prepare to march to the municipal office over demarcation battles on 6 February 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Security has been stepped up in Vuwani where residents are expected to deliver a memorandum to the Limpopo government.

Community members are adamant they will go ahead with Monday morning’s march saying they are still not satisfied about the demarcation in the area.

Residents will be marching to the municipal offices following last week’s unsuccessful talks with the community.

Thirty schools were either torched or vandalised in the area during a three-month long protest over demarcation last year.

Limpopo government spokesperson Phuti Seloba says, “All teams are on standby, including the police and security. We believe that we have a plan in place and we’re going make sure that all property is protected.”

TENSIONS

Tensions are running high in Vuwani with residents still dissatisfied over demarcation in the area and surrounds.

They say government is allowing the delivery of basic services under the new municipality incorporated with Malamulele, which they are against.

On Sunday, two Eyewitness News reporters were prevented from leaving a school after an instruction was given to close the gates.

They were released unharmed after police intervened.

Protest leaders have told Eyewitness News that they expect scores of residents to attend Monday's peaceful march to the municipality.

As of Monday morning, very few people gathered at the Sibudi bus stop where the march is set to begin.

Protest leader Nsovo Sambo says the demonstration will continue as planned.

The South African Police Service in the area seem to be preparing for what could be a long day.

Learning seems to be interrupted as only a few pupils can be seen making their way to school.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)