“Start over with demarcation process”

Date: 11 January 2016   Read: 5421

Residents keep on complaining about not wanting to belong “here or there” - and this is what the Vhembe District has gone through and is still going through. But who is to blame for this mess?

I put the blame for the mess on the Demarcation Board and the leaders who approved this sick demarcation. Those who are saying they want another municipality and those against it are right, albeit for their own (good) reasons.

Let’s look at the old order and why I say it was wrongly transformed.

In the Vhembe area there are about 800 000 Venda speaking residents, centred in the district. In the direction of the former Gazankulu, there are about 400 000 Shangaan/Tsonga speaking residents. Add to this the former white areas and it becomes clear that in Vhembe there is a majority and minority groups.

Probably the biggest mistake is that Venda speaking residents seem to have a perception that “we are in the driver’s  seat and we rule them.” From a Tsonga/Shangaan perception it is “ we have been absorbed and (are being) ruled.” So now we have Venda speaking majority whose previous set-up was not tampered with, while the 2,1 million Tsonga/Shangaans have been split up into Vhembe, Mopani and even into the Mpumalanga province.

To me the Venda speaking residents were given an unfair advantage over the Tsonga/Shangaan without it being their fault. Part of its former boundaries were supposed to have been allocated to Capricon (Tshitale and Nthabalala) and Blouberg (Sinthumule-Kutama and Musina).This would have made sense that all former homelands had been dismantled.

To be honest this has since pitted the two groups at odds and no wonder on the issue of renaming the town Louis Trichardt, the Tsonga/Shangaans sided with whites against the name change, because the two believe they are being marginalised. You also can’t blame them, since they believe the name favours Vendas.

Historically as Blacks, whether being Tsonga/Shangaan or Venda, we were subjected to the same oppression by the Whites, so once we Blacks start to turn against one another it simply translate to frustrations. We must be ashamed of that and have serious introspection. Why should democracy divide us instead of uniting us? Are we now living the life of Animal Farm? All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others?

Could it be that money is an evil that can turn friends into sworn enemies.

The solution is to start all over again with the demarcation process. It must demonstrate inclusiveness to all groups.

Be sensitive about the renaming of places and institutions. There is also no reason to make Thohoyandou the economic centre of the region over the more viable Louis Trichardt.

Let me remind you that where there are no chaos does not mean people are satisfied with where they belong. Give integration and transformation a chance, but correct the mistakes of the past. 

- Solani Mashimbye, Waterval

(Letter shortened)

 

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    makhosini makhubele 9 months ago

    Dear Muvenda

    You seem to be preoccupied with who is Majority and who is minority in Makhado town with your statements like "you are all welcome to Makhado Town whose majority are Venda". Muvenda, today go and do your research as to who is minority NOT only in Makhado but in South Africa as a whole because Makhado is part of a bigger South Africa. Please come back and table your report findings here. Go to www.statssa.gov.za. The Tsonga and the Afrikaners that you continuously call 'minority' in Makhado town are not necesarily minority in South Africa. By going to Statssa website, you will find out today who is really a minority.

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    makhosini makhubele 9 months ago

    Dear Muvenda

    You seem to be preoccupied with who is Majority and who is minority in Makhado town with your statements like "you are all welcome to Makhado Town whose majority are Venda". Muvenda, today go and do your research as to who is minority only only in Makhado but in South Africa as a whole because Makhado is part of a bigger South Africa. Please come back and table your repor your findings here. Go to www.statssa.gov.za. The Tsonga and the Afrikaners that you continuously call 'minority' in Makhado town are not necesarily minority in South Africa. By going to Statssa website, you will find out who is really a minority.

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    Muvenda 10 months ago

    Makhosoini, You are all welcomed to Makhado Town whose majority are Venda. Whether you like it or not.

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    makhosini makhubele 11 months ago

    Dear Muvenda

    You are missing the point altogether, what Mr Mashimbye is trying to say is that in 1994, the Tsonga Homeland Gazankulu was dismantled and split into different municipalities, resulting in Tsonga minority in some municipalities. From Elim to Hazyview, Gazankulu was sub-divided and allocated to different municipalities. While Venda remained intact, that is the point Mr Mashimbye is trying to convey and it is a fact. Take example of Mbombela, the former Tsonga homeland around Hazyview and Skukuza were re-demarcated and allocate into Mbombela local municipality, resulting in Swazi majority and Tsonga minority. In Makhado, the same thing applies; in Thulamela same thing applies again, Tsonga people are minority. I am afraid that you (Muvenda) are promoting and encouraging Tribalism with your statements..."Makhado is our small town", and by further saying "Vhavenda are majority here". These statements promote tribalism. Let me correct you, Muvenda and others who may harbour the same sentiments and tribal prejudices. Makhado is a town for all those who live in it, irrespective of race, ethnicity or social background. By saying that "Makhado is our small town" you are excluding all non-Vendas but the reality is that there are White Africans, Tsonga and Northern Sotho as well as Indians. For you information, in case you did not know, until the late 1970's, there was a black township outside Makhado known as Tshikota. Tshikota was a proud home of the Tsonga, Northern Sotho and the Venda. All these three groups were proud of Tshikota and Makhado town, they use to call Makhado town 'our' town. So you are wrong to say "Makhado is our small town", it is town for all nations. Makhado was built by the Tsonga, Northern Sotho, Venda and the White Africans, therefore the town belong to us all . The old Tshikota was destroyed during the late 1970's and the Tsonga were moved to Elim (Waterval) in terms of group areas Act, the Venda were taken to Vleifontein, while the Northern Sotho were evicted to Moletjie township outside Polokwane. The destruction of the old Tshikota does not mean that the town now belong to Venda people only. Makhado is a town for all the people and everyone has a right to do shopping there, to buy a property and to do business there without fear, favour or discrimination.

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    Muvenda 12 months ago

    We are getting tired of vhaVenda what, vhaVenda what. You got your own municipality after burning things and I thought you will now leave us in peace. What more do you want. And now you have a problem with the name Makhado? You want it to be called Hlanganani? Dream on. Makhado is our small town and as Vhavenda people and majority here, we are so proud of Makhado. That goes to Thohoyandou but we embrace everyone because we fall under South Africa and can't dictate who comes. But respect other people when you are in their territory. So for once talk about your own issues in Malamulele and not involve vhaVenda people. We are not privileged. Our sister and brothers here are jobless, no development, no roads, no running water but you mislead people to say Vendas have it all. Most of the development took place during former Venda president. So I don't know what you mean by saying we(Venda) are advantaged. It is your imagination. Do you research before you write. Lets be objective and factual and not let tribalism and hatred blind us and not mislead people. Venda people are peace loving people and we remained composed even when you insulted us during your protests and calling us names. But for once concentrate on your issues and leave us alone. It is a friendly request. It is 2016 now. Free speech goes with responsibility of factualism and not spreading ffalse information. Please please please

 

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