On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma was expected to address the community of Vuwani in the Vhembe District Municipality of Limpopo but he failed to arrive. This is believed to have led to violence and economist at Municipal IQ Karen Heese says the incidents at Vuwani are interesting and contradictory on a number of levels.
This is certainty not a classic service delivery protest.— Karen Heese, Economist, Municipal IQ
Heese explains that the new municipality the Vuwani residents find themselves in is not fully operational because it is a new municipality.
She adds that service delivery in the area does not have a bad track record and the community is not protesting that. It is the issue of municipal boundaries that they oppose.
Residents were also upset because their expectations of meeting and engaging with President Zuma were not met which led to their dissatisfaction, she says.
What was unfortunate about the way things unfolded was there had been an agreement brokered with the community.— Karen Heese, Economist, Municipal IQ
Heese says there was a breakthrough but the media headlines have taken on a political dynamic and possibly skewing the narrative. She says what is also interesting is the residents of Vuwani wanted to meet with President Zuma on Sunday and deemed him the only leader worthy of their engagement.
There is of course a whole series of political dynamics.— Karen Heese, Economist, Municipal IQ
There is a contradiction that the Vuwani community has picked up on.— Karen Heese, Economist, Municipal IQ
Take a listen to the full analysis in the clip below: