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Van Rooyen, traditional leaders in Vuwani sign an agreement

Co-operative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen and eight traditional leaders in the Vuwani area have signed an agreement under which government will start the process of re-determining a new municipality’s boundaries two weeks after next week’s election.

The chiefs for their part have undertaken to restore normality in Vuwani, Limpopo.

A three-month protest by residents opposed to their inclusion in a new municipality has seen some violence and a service shutdown.

It’s not clear if the new agreement means that residents who’d threatened to boycott next week’s vote will now take part.

Van Rooyen says the agreement does not infringe on the work of the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB).

“The process that we have just agreed upon is not meant to undermine the independence or compromise the independence of the MDB. It will promote proper, legislatively prescribed procedures to be followed for any option that we settle for. Remember this will be an option that will come as a product of thorough engagement among ourselves and traditional leaders and affected communities and various stakeholders.”

 

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