Put the case, end the feud

A court of law is almost always the best institution in which to argue and contest disputes before appropriate presiding officers.

A court of law is almost always the best institution in which to argue and contest disputes before appropriate presiding officers.

It is encouraging that, after months of protests and violence in their areas, the communities of Khutsong and Moutse have finally turned to the constitutional court for relief.

Their protests have resulted in school boycotts and violence over the incorporation of their areas into North West and Limpopo respectively and divided communities.

The latest decision followed futile pleas to government to intervene after communities complained that they were not properly briefed about the demarcation issue.

Lawyers for Human Rights, representing residents, have confirmed they were in the process of compiling papers to file in the constitutional court soon.

We urge the court to treat the application as a matter of urgency once the papers from all the parties have been served.

We also appeal to the provincial governments and residents to allow for a cooling period while the matter goes before court and to abide by the verdict once it has been handed down- whatever it turns out to be.

This will help end the long-standing feud that has almost destroyed the social fabric in Khutsong and Moutse.

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