IMC to hold info session with Ha-Nesengani residents

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) set up to oversee the return to normality in Vuwani and surrounding areas will on Monday, May 23, hold an information session with the residents of Tshino Ha-Nesengani.

The meeting is aimed at encouraging residents to adopt an attitude of unity in diversity, non-racialism and non-tribalism.

A member of the IMC, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, will lead the information session.

"We want to use this session to remind residents to love and respect one another as South Africans and as Africans, regardless of race, colour, creed or mother tongue that one speaks," she said.

The area and other villages around Vuwani experienced violent protests after a court ruling paved the way for villages such as Mashau, Tshimbupfe Central, Davhana, Masia, Vyeboom, Mashau, Masakona and Tshikonelo to be incorporated into a new proposed municipality.

Twenty-four schools were torched and several others were damaged. Learners were forced not to attend school. However, following the intervention of the IMC, learners in most villages are back in schools, while transport services are now operating - a sign that the situation is gradually returning to normal.

Minister Muthambi said the Freedom Charter states that the doors of learning and culture shall be opened.

"Education continues to receive the biggest chunk of the national budget. It is our weapon for socio-economic development. We want communities to refrain from disrupting academic activities whenever they are unhappy.

"As government, we have built modern new schools to replace mud schools and other inappropriate structures since 1994, so we want residents to stop burning and damaging schools," she said.

Minister Muthambi said through their engagements with various stakeholders to get learners back to school in the areas, the majority is responding positively to the IMC's promotion of education.

"With this information session, we want to inform our people that they have a patriotic duty to protect and respect public property, symbols, signs and institutions in the country.

"In this information session, the community will be afforded an opportunity to engage directly with leaders, including our Moral Regeneration Movement and religious leaders, as well as other stakeholders. This session will afford the community to ask questions and share ideas," she said.

Source: Government Communication and information System