Vuwani protests enter Day 3 with a glimmer of hope that demands will be met

Two thousand grade twelve pupils are missing yet another day of preliminary exams as the shutdown protests in Vuwani enter their third day.

Community members are demanding that President Jacob Zuma fulfil the promises he made earlier this year. Among their demands is that basic services should be run by the district municipality.

EWN reporter, Pelane Phakgadi who is in Vuwani tells The Midday Report stand-in host, Clement Manyathela that after driving around in the vicinity, he hasn't spotted any learners making their way to school.

Currently, the pro-Makhado demarcation task team, which is leading the protests just concluded a meeting at the local science resources centre.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

We do understand that it was decided at the meeting to reopen the Traffic Department and municipal office which community members want to be run under the Vhembe District Municipality.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

Phakgadi also reports that this result would mean the community got what it asked for over the past year - to have services rendered by either the Makhado or Vhembe district municipality. Government is apparently planning to comply with those demands adds Phakgadi.

He says government is also discussing the re-opening of schools as soon as possible.

The police have maintained a strong presence in the area since Sunday. Phakgadi says police presence seemingly only helps during the day as there have been several reports of cars pelted with stones. He says those cases are with the police.

The leadership here says it remains hopeful that government will meet their demands.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

Phakgadi tells Manyathela that there hasn't yet been any communication from the either the provincial or national department of education on what will happen to the grade twelve learners who have already missed some of their preliminary exams.

Listen to the EWN report in the clip below:

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