THE shutdown in Vuwani, Limpopo, had a twist when two people were burnt to death when the car in which they were travelling in hit a barricade used by protesters and went up in flames. Another passenger sustained serious injuries.
Fears abound earlier this morning, Wednesday, that the situation in the tension-filled area may have turned for the worse. However, police spokesperson Lt.Col Moatshe Ngoepe said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated.
This came after reports that several passing vehicles were damaged in the Masakona village after unknown people pelted them with stones. The unknown people were hiding in the bushes.
“It is alleged that three people were travelling in a sedan when their vehicle crashed into one of the pipes that was used to barricade the road (by protesters) and went up in flames. Two people burnt to death and one was taken to hospital with serious injuries,” Ngoepe said.
The residents have declared a shutdown demanding an immediate reversal of the Municipal Demarcation Board decision to include their area in the new Lim345 municipality.
The Pro-Makhado Task Team which is spearheading the shutdown has distanced itself from the attack on motorists.
Ngoepe has since advised motorists to drive with caution especially during the night. If such incidents do take place, the police must be contacted immediately, he
“No stone will be left unturned in case of any criminality in that area because the police have made adequate deployments,” he said.