Date:18 April 2017 - By: Elmon Tshikhudo
The South African Police was again deployed in large numbers in the Vuwani area amid renewed shutdown actions.
Following a meeting on Monday at the Univen Science Resource Centre, the Vuwani community decided to continue with a complete shutdown after the Easter Weekend.
The Vuwani community is still upset with a recent decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board that rejected all submissions made by the traditional leaders to reconsider the municipal boundaries in the area.
Spokesperson for the Pro-Makhado Task Team, Mr Nsovo Sambo, said that the shutdown will be peaceful and indefinite “until government comes with a solution.”
On Tuesday, all the businesses and schools were closed in Vuwani.
The police have issued a warning to motorists travelling through the area to drive with caution. According to provincial police spokesperson Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe, four vehicles were damaged near the Masakona Village when people, hiding in bushes, threw stones at them.
The provincial police commissioner, Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba, warned the Vuwani community that there would be severe repercussions if they are caught engaging in any form of illegal activity. “No stone will be left unturned in criminal cases [as a direct result of the shutdown] in that area because the police have made adequate deployments,” said Ledwaba.