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Mbalula calls for peace in Vuwani

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

The newly appointed Minister of Police since the recent cabinet reshuffle in March Fikile Mbalula, has wasted no time in ensuring that back to basic principles are implemented by warning Vuwani residents that, they will be heavily punished since he is aware that South African Police Service (SAPS) have been very lenient in dealing with the perpetrators behind the barbaric criminal activities.

 

He has called on distraught Vuwani residents to abide by the Municipal Demarcation Board decision to move them from Makhado Local Municipality and incorporate into the newly established LIM 345 Municipality in the Vhembe District .

Mbalula was addressing the media during his visit to the Province ahead of his trip to negotiate peace in Vuwani.

Residents have expressed their displeasure over the Demarcation Board’s decision by causing chaotic actions which led to over 25 schools being set alight in 2016, an incident which saw learners failing to pursue their studies effectively.

Criminal activities in the area has since  risen again just before Easter holidays, and two people lost their lives after they were burnt beyond recognition and one severely injured  as the vehicle they were traveling in  crushed into a pipe used to barricade the road during protests by the  residents.

Mbalula insisted that the Demarcation Board made the decision objectively and it will not be reviewed as he urges residents to move on and orchestrate peace in the Province.

‘’We are aware that there are those who don’t want peace. They are equally sophisticated but not more than the state.” Mbalula lamented

“Those who are perpetrating the violence, whether small fish or big fish... perpetrators with selfish interest masquerading as community leaders will be brought to book."