Vuwani protesters vow to continue shutdown

Protest leader Nsovo Sambo says the new Lim345 Municipality, which Vuwani residents are completely against, has no legal standing to deny residents from holding a community meeting.

A road damaged in a protest in Vuwani. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN

VUWANI – Following a fresh round of protests in Vuwani and surrounding area, the newly established Lim345 Municipality has prohibited any gathering in the area.

Residents against the incorporation of Vuwani, Malamulele and surrounding towns into the same area on Sunday declared a total shutdown after the Municipal Demarcation Board refused to redetermine the boundaries of municipalities.

There were running battles between police and protesters on Sunday night, with several cars vandalised.

Protest leader Nsovo Sambo says the new Lim345 Municipality, which Vuwani residents are completely against, has no legal standing to deny residents from holding a community meeting.

He says regardless of a letter from the municipality prohibiting a planned march, the shutdown will continue.

“The shutdown is on. It’s a peaceful protest and that’s what we’re preaching to our people.”

Police can be seen clearing debris and reopening barricaded roads, as they keep a watchful eye on schools and public buildings.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)