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Thursday, 20 April, 2017
Quote of the week
"We will not compromise on our fight against corruption, patronage or rank seeking. We will also not allow the institutions of our state to be captured by anyone – be they individuals, be they families who are intent on narrow self-enrichment."
- Cyril Ramaphosa
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Vuwani, Protests, Opportunities…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse we explore the issues in Vuwani as learning continues to be disrupted in what is a shutdown over municipal demarcation.
Last year dozens of schools were set alight in Vuwani as protesters challenged the demarcation decision.
Tensions in Vuwani have resurfaced as the Demarcation Board has rejected the community’s appeal to be reinstated to the previous municipality of Makhado.
The Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga said: “We have 76 schools that are affected, with 27,697 learners not being able to go to schools a result of the shutdown.”
With fears over the levels of violence in the area rising, Limpopo police have deployed helicopters and nyalas for security reinforcement.
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Civil protests in the form of marches against the current Head of State and service delivery have shown that organising under a common cause is something South Africans are all too familiar with. As we enjoy the protection of our democracy through the Constitution we still must ask ourselves whether protests remain a valid form of showing discontent amongst citizens.
In the article, Organising In A Democracy, Isn't That A Contradiction?, Lukhanyo Velelo, research assistant at the Poverty and Inequality Initiative, questions why marching, protests and stay-aways occur in a constitutional democracy such as South Africa's.
“We live in a democracy, can't we expect parliament to deal with most of the issues we march and protest for? If not, we can recall or vote out members of parliament and replace them with new ones, surely. However, we all know, it's not that simple,” writes Velelo.
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