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By unknown | Feb 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

Ambulances and emergency vehicles now need police escorts to reach areas of Moutse near Groblersdal in Mpumalanga as residents grow increasingly angry about incorporation into Limpopo.

Schooling has also not taken place for almost two weeks after renewed protests.

The Limpopo Education and Health departments yesterday said officials in the area were not reporting for duty because the situation was not safe for them.

Sowetan has been told residents plan to march to the office of the Sekhukhune district mayor, Dickson Masemola, at the end of the week to complain about the incorporation.

Phuthi Seloba, provincial spokesman for health and social development, yesterday said their ambulances had been turned away as they tried to attend to accidents in the Moutse area this week.

"Our officials tell us the roads are barricaded and that ambulances are being targeted," Seloba said.

"At the moment we are relying on the protection from the police services to do our work.

Ndo Mangala, spokesman for the Education Department, confirmed schooling was not taking place in the area because of the ongoing tension in the community.


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