Vuwani unrest: DA calls for calm

By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Provincial Leader:

The DA condemns the looting of shops as well the closure of schools in Vuwani as the community unrest continues protesting against the proposed inclusion into a newly demarcated Malamulele Municipality.

Last night , angry residents of Vuwani opted to loot and burn the local shops and disrupts the smooth running of the schools as the community continues to protest against the proposed inclusion into a newly demarcated Malamulele Municipality.

This follows the support and promises made by the ANC that Malumulele will get its own Municipality. Due to pressure by the ANC , the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) pronounced that Vuwani will be amalgamated with Malamulele and be renamed the Malamulele-Vuwani Municipality without following due public process.

The angry community want to be excluded from the merge and opts to remain with Makhado Municipality as they are concerned about poor services from the newly proposed municipality. The violence is as a results of false expectations and not following a transparent and due processes to establish this municipality.

It is unacceptable for protestors to shut down schools and prevent people from going to work.

All these protests across the province could have been avoided and it’s a clear indication that people are tired of empty promises and demands basis services to be accelerated but the government continues to fail them.

Our DA Values’ Charter states that a government must be accountable to the people and must reflect the will of the people and that elected representatives must be directly accountable to the people.

We are deeply concerned about the school’s closure due to service delivery unrest and the department’s failure to enhance security measures at our schools.

The DA will try to engage with the residents of Vuwani, to direct their efforts at a proper complaint against the municipal demarcation board and to lodge their objection to the MDB decision.