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By Luzuko Pongoma | Sep 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Khutsong Development Forum snubbed Gauteng government Heritage Day celebrations that were supposed to reconcile residents and the province.

The forum was formerly known as the Merafong Demarcation Forum.

Merafong was incorporated into North West from Gauteng after cross-border municipalities were abolished in 2006. This resulted in violent protests and disrupted schooling in the area. Khutsong was returned to Gauteng earlier this year.

The celebrations at Merafong stadium were part of a healing and reconciliation programme hosted by the government to welcome Khutsong residents back into Gauteng.

Forum chairperson Lebona Mohale said: "Today is not reconciliation but Heritage Day. We are glad that we are back in Gauteng, but reconciliation is not an event, it is a process."

"We cannot have reconciliation. We must sit and talk because only that will bring peace.

"We want to see development in Khutsong. We must have schools, grounds and facilities for children to play," Mohale said.

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane upheld reconciliation and forgiveness as a way to a better Khutsong. She said government celebrated Heritage Day with a commitment to renew Merafong.

"We must move on. It is a moment of reconciliation, to build a better life for all," she said.

Mokonyane warned people not to use the development of Khutsong to enrich themselves and also urged teachers and pupils to return to school to prepare for the exams.


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