Vuwani residents threaten shutdown in 7 days

Residents marched to the Vhembe District where a memorandum was handed over-demanding that services commence in seven days.

FILE: Residents of Vuwani, escorted by police, make their way into town and to the municipal offices on 6 February 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Vuwani residents have threatened to shut down the troubled town next Monday if the Vhembe District Municipality does not implement decisions taken by President Jacob Zuma.

In May, Zuma visited the area, promising that the district municipality would provide services which the community now claims has not happened.

Residents marched to the Vhembe District where a memorandum was handed over-demanding that services commence in seven days.

Schooling and other essential services were halted on Monday to accommodate the march.

Community leader Nsovo Sambo says the government should keep its promise.

“If the decision by the president for the district to service the people of Vuwani is not implemented within seven days, the community have resolved to embark on a shutdown.”