Vuwani res­i­dents hope for nor­mal­ity to be re­stored

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - LIL­LIAN SELAPISA

AMID on­go­ing protests by a group of res­i­dents in Vuwani, Lim­popo, most res­i­dents have been go­ing about their daily rou­tine hop­ing for nor­mal­ity to be re­stored.

Some have ex­pressed their ex­as­per­a­tion at the sit­u­a­tion, say­ing they just want things to re­turn to the way they were so their chil­dren can go back to school.

“I am not pleased that the sit­u­a­tion is like this. We want our chil­dren to re­turn to school as they have al­ready missed out on a lot of school­ing,” a res­i­dent said.

Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula has vowed to in­ten­sify ac­tion against those fu­elling vi­o­lence in the area.

He said the gov­ern­ment would no longer be le­nient with peo­ple who were “hell bent on cre­at­ing an­ar­chy”.

Pupils have been caught in the fray amid the un­rest. About 27 600 pupils in 76 schools have had to miss school since re­newed protests broke out on Mon­day.

A Grade 11 pupil said he was un­happy that he was miss­ing class be­cause of some­thing that had noth­ing to do with him. He said he wished the shut­down would end. For about three days, his wish will be granted as the shut­down has been sus­pended from to­day un­til Sun­day.

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