Vuwani set for an­other shut­down

Res­i­dents to de­cide on re­new­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery protests af­ter ma­tric ex­ams

African Times - - Front Page - BUKUTA NKUNA

RES­I­DENTS of Vuwani are set to reignite their shut­down af­ter the con­clu­sion of ma­tric ex­ams.

This fol­lows the with­drawal of ser­vices ren­dered by the Vhembe District mu­nic­i­pal­ity within the area.

The Pro-Makhado Task Team which has been spear­head­ing the ser­vice de­liv­ery protest said they were in­tend­ing on hav­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing dur­ing the week­end in an ef­fort to is­sue a way for­ward.

Pro-Makhado Task Team act­ing spokesper­son Alex Ra­mashau said the res­i­dents de­cided to meet af­ter pupils wrote their ex­ams in a bid to re­solve the im­passe that has ex­isted in the area for a num­ber of years.

The cur­rent trig­ger has been iden­ti­fied as the lack of ser­vices in the area.

“The main is­sue here is that in May 2017 the South African Pres­i­dent along with the Vhavenda King Tony Mphe­phu agreed that for the time be­ing, Vuwani res­i­dents should be ren­dered ser­vices by Vhembe District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“Since then, we have not yet re­ceived a full pack­age of the ser­vices from Vhembe District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. That is why in the past we had also em­barked on the march to Vhembe in de­mand of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“That was when the (provin­cial) gov­ern­ment came to tell us that they were here to ful­fill the prom­ise of the pres­i­dent. What they did is that they only opened the Vuwani Traf­fic Cen­tre and they left the mu­nic­i­pal re­gional of­fice un­com­plete. So we forced them to open that mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­gional of­fice be­cause it is an im­por­tant tool in the area where res­i­dents will be able to get ba­sic ser­vices.

“That was when we dis­cov­ered that the of­fice did not have a stamp and that it was not work­ing prop­erly,” Ra­mashau told African Times.

He also said that they were not sat­is­fied with the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion’s en­gage­ments as they were not yield­ing any pos­i­tive re­sults.

“We want to talk to the Pres­i­dent him­self so that those provin­cial gov­ern­ment and district be forced to com­ply with his de­ci­sion. The provin­cial gov­ern­ment is not do­ing things prop­erly be­cause we had agreed with them that they will open the of­fice and give us the full pack­age.

“But they are sud­denly paint­ing us in a bad light be­cause they are not ful­fill­ing the agree­ment they had with us and even the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion knows this be­cause they were present in the pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sions we had with them,” he said.

Provin­cial gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Phuti Seloba re­ferred all line of ques­tions to the De­part­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs, but the de­part­ment could not be reached for com­ment.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Visual Buzz SA

TRIG­GER: The Pro-Makhado Task Team will soon meet with the res­i­dents of Vuwani in an ef­fort to re­solve the chal­lenges in the area.

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