'Processes underway to ensure services to Vuwani begin next Monday'

Government Spokesman Phuti Seloba says government is committed to resolving the problems of the people of Vuwani in the most peaceful possible way.

FILE: 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.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo government says service delivery will begin in the Vuwani area in no more than a week.

The promise comes after residents threatened to shut down the troubled town on Monday, demanding that President Jacob Zuma’s pronouncement on delivery be implemented.

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

Last year, 30 schools were burnt or vandalised during protests over demarcation.

Protest leader Nsovo Sambao says residents are more than willing to co-operate with the government for the sake of peace and stability in Vuwani.

He says they have given the province seven calendar days to implement President Zuma’s pronouncement.

“The seven days is not to negotiate with the government, it’s to implement the decision.”

Government Spokesman Phuti Seloba says there are processes underway to ensure that services begin by next Monday.

“We have agreed that we will be working on this until 7 August.”

He says government is committed to resolving the problems of the people of Vuwani in the most peaceful possible way.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)