File: The pro-Makhado task team is urging Vuwani residents to refrain from voting in next week's election.
JOHANNESBURG -The IEC is battling to secure venues for 18-voting stations in the Limpopo town of Vuwani.
The electoral body is refusing to negotiate with a community task team that opposes the incorporation of the area into the new Collins Chabane Municipality.
The IEC argues that the pro-Makhado Task Team has no legal authority to negotiate on this matter.
With less than a month before the elections, Vuwani remains a headache for the IEC.
“It cannot block principals from signing lease agreements with the IEC, I think it would be illegal for us as the IEC to talk to the Task Team about the lease agreements, we can talk to them about community issues because they represent communities,” said provincial electoral officer, Nkaro Mateta.
Meanwhile, the task team thinks otherwise.
“Out of all those 18 schools that you’re referring to, it’s only two schools that were built by this government. All those schools were built by our parents, if the community feels that they cannot be used for something that they’re in disagreement with, then that is their choice. Who must force them to do something contrary to their will?” said Arnold Mulaudzi of the Pro-Makhado task team.
Some residents want to vote, but others don’t.