Vuwani residents planning mass march

Last year 30 schools were either torched or vandalised during violent protests over demarcation.

FILE: Residents in Vuwani protest. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Vuwani residents are mobilising for a mass march next week to put pressure on the government to keep its promise.

Residents say there has been no implementation of services in two months despite President Jacob Zuma announcing that they would be provided by the district municipality.

Last year 30 schools were either torched or vandalised during violent protests over demarcation.

Community spokesperson Nsovo Sambo says government will be given seven days to implement the president’s intervention programme.

“By 1 August we expect that when you go to the traffic centre and when you go to the regional office in Vuwani you'd get a service which is being rendered by the district.”

AGREEMENT FOR VUWANI TO BE UNDER VHEMBE

Two months ago, the Presidency said at Zuma’s meeting with community leaders it was decided that the community of Vuwani should be serviced by Vhembe District Municipality in the interim while a solution to the demarcation issue is being sought.

This, however, did not mean that the new local municipality was disestablished.

It was further agreed that relevant national and provincial departments would support the Vhembe District Municipality in undertaking this new responsibility.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)