Vuwani residents discuss next move after Zuma no show

Residents are in talks to discuss their next move after President Jacob Zuma failed to address them as promised.

Vuwani residents sing and chant while waiting for President Jacob Zuma's address. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Vuwani residents are in talks to discuss their next move after President Jacob Zuma failed to address them as promised.

Residents of the troubled Limpopo town gathered on Sunday expecting Zuma to give clarity on the issue of demarcation, but he failed to arrive, which led to violence.

Several vehicles were damaged and roads barricaded.

Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen tried to address residents, but they wanted the president.

Residents then prevented Van Rooyen’s address by booing him and chanting “Zuma”.

When it became clear that the president would not be coming, tensions rose and the police had to clear the area.

In a statement, the Presidency said those who gathered did not represent the majority of the community.

“President Zuma will go back to the district to address all community members, those who are against the newly established municipality and those who are for. After assessing the situation today, a conclusion was reached that the community meeting was not representative of the whole community affected by the establishment of the new municipality. It was mostly composed by those who oppose the new municipality.”

The Presidency added that the solution to the Vuwani issue should be inclusive.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)