Calm returns to Vuwani following protest action

Residents took to the streets calling on the board to reverse its decision to include the area into the Malamulele municipality.

Protesting Vuwani residents outside the municipal offices before being addressed by the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Makoma Makhurupetje on 6 February 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

VUWANI – Calm seems to have returned to Vuwani after a shutdown of some essential services in a protest over demarcation.

Residents took to the streets on Monday, calling on the board to reverse its decision to include the area into the Malamulele municipality.

There was a heavy police presenc e in the area despite residents marching peacefully.

Schooling and some essential services are set to resume on Tuesday, but that excludes the local municipal offices, traffic station and community hall.

Protesters demanded their closure on Monday, alleging that they operate under the new municipality, which the residents have rejected.

Protest leader Nsovo Sambo says the area will remain calm, pending the demarcation board’s decision in whether the area will be reverted to its initial municipality.

“Everything is back to normal, that’s the simplicity of the matter.”

Cooperative Governance MEC Makoma Makurupetja has reassured residents that they will have answers to their demands by the end of this month.

Watch: Hundreds march on Vuwani