Houses and a car belonging to a well-known Zimbabwean traditional healer were burnt to ashes by protestors. 

Eight houses belonging to foreigners torched

 

A few years ago, the Vuwani area became the scene of strife and violent protests that left many schools and other properties torched in protest against the inclusion of the area into a new municipality that includes areas of Malamulele.

This week brought back those sad memories when streets were barricaded with rocks and burning tyres by angry community members at Tshino. The angry community members went on the rampage and left a trail of destruction, with properties belonging to Zimbabweans burnt to ashes in their wake.

Community members said they were tired of criminal activities taking place in the area, since innocent community members were feeling the wrath of the criminals, losing their valuables in robberies and theft while women were being raped. They blamed the rampant crime on illegal Zimbabweans staying in the area.

The animosity in the local community has been brewing for some time.

Last year, some known criminals, including a few locals, were hounded out of their homes and viciously punished by the community after they were accused of robbing a family and raping a teenage girl.

One of the suspects died at the scene and his accomplices were taken to hospital with serious injuries. After this incident, people thought there would be peace in the area, but crime still persisted. Tired of the continuing crime, the community barricaded roads and burnt tyres in the area, bringing everything to a standstill on Sunday.

“We are tired of these people. They have turned this once peaceful village into a violent place. There has been so much crime here, and since their arrival here we have not known peace. The sooner they leave here, the better. They must not have a place to stay here as they are involved in crime,” said a resident.

Others in the community, however, do not believe that chasing Zimbabweans from the village will be the solution to the spiralling crime problem. “We know that there are some Zimbabweans who are involved in crime, but they are not the only people doing crime and locals are also involved. What are we doing about the local criminals? Is this the way to go in solving crime here, or is this just another form of xenophobia?” remarked a resident, who preferred to remain anonymous.

Limpopo police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said they had arrested two suspects, aged 39 and 53 respectively, on Monday night after the violent protest that had erupted at Tshino. He said eight houses belonging to foreign nationals had been torched during the rampage at around 19:00 and that the motive behind the incident was still unknown.

"The situation in the area has now returned to normal, but public order police members are still monitoring the situation," Ngoepe said. "The arrested suspects are expected to appear in the Vuwani Magistrate's Court soon on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and arson."

Police investigations are continuing, including the tracing of other possible suspects.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects is requested to contact Captain Ntshengedzeni Dzivhani at 082 565 7794, the crime stop number 0860010111, the SMS crime line 32211 or the nearest police station.

 

 

A twin cab bakkie that was torched during the protest.

Barricades everywhere at Tshino.

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    makhosini makhubele 23 days ago

    Khetani, Tsongaland, located 300km north of Durban, was disused in 1900 few years after the Berlin conference, so when you say you have heared about Sekhukhuneland, Zululand, Xhosaland, Vendaland but you have never heared about Tsongaland, today at least you know about its existence...the Swazi nation that you find in South Africa today originates right at the border of Tsongaland, and the Zulu kingdom, so we and the Swazi people (Amangwane) have a common origins, just listen to someone speaking isiSwati, it resembles Xitsonga a lot of times than isiZulu. Despite the result of the Berlin conference, the Tsonga people continue to flourish at St Lucia bay today, in Kosi bay in Northern KZN,

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    makhosini makhubele 23 days ago

    Khethani, the word Tsongaland existed in South Africa, it is unfortunate that you are hearing it gor the first time in your life and yet you claim that you are knowledgeable...Tsongaland means a place where Tsonga people live, it was located in the northern coast of today's Kwazulu Natal and was renamed the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park after the Berlin conference and annex to Natal Colony by the British, the Berlin conference, which I am sure you know what that conference was all about. Azwi, if you did not know, you must know today that the Tsonga people are probably some of the earliest Bantu natives to occupy South Africa, St Lucia bay in Northern KwaZulu Natal has more than 1000-years of occupation and my people occupied it. In between St Lucia bay and the Zulu kingdom was Amangwane, the modern Swazi people, that is why Xitsonga is very much closely related to Siswati, and less so to isiZulu.

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    makhosini makhubele 23 days ago

    As long as you continue to post your comments with racial slurs and xenophobic undertones, you will be challenged, Khethani I am disappointed in you, so you think that what Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said is correct? He himself is a health professional and knows about medical ethics, and I repeat, there is no medical doctor or any other health professional who will refuse to attend to a patient simply because that patient is a white, or black, or Indian or coloured or on the basis of nationality. A health professional's duty is to serve humanity...Khethani, is it a tribalist to say our villages, such as eka-Bungeni, eka-Chavani, Valdezia, eka-Bokisi, eka-Nhjakanhjaka are 100% Tsongaland? That is a fact and I will never apologise about that, no Tsonga person staying in those villages will never bow down to you and apologise, NEVER, these are our lands and we are proud of them, we will never apologise or have reservations. Khethani, you mentioned that our land that we call 100% Tsongaland are subject to much debate, what debate? On the issue of Makhado, you are making accusations that I am totally opposed to the name Makhado, in fact it is the Pretoria High Court that has made a ruling on the name change, but again, however, in line with democratic processes and the quest for decolonisation, we fully support the democratic transformation and name Changes, happening in our country, not only in Louis Trichardt.

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    Azwidohwi Mpete 23 days ago

    Well said Timmy'! Surely people are learning a thing or two. This Makhosini Makhubele guy really needs to be baptised so that he can be a little patriotic. That is if he is a South African for starters which might not be the case because he tries so hard without success in his posts to try to prove that he belongs here. After realising that he is just another low life fellow who is so delusional and doesn't seem to understand any material issues, i decided to stop wasting my precious time on this guy.

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    Timmy Khethani 24 days ago

    Makhosini Makhubele, it was never my intention to engage in a debate with your kind self. Ordinarily, I refrain from engaging in debates with people of inferior intellectual aptitude and I suspect you belong in this category. You ventured to proffer unsolicited opinions on issues you have very little (if any) understanding of. All this to sound "civilised" by inference as you so arbitrarily and irrationally label others "uncivilised". Most of the assertions in your rambling pieces are grossly nonsensical and were it not for my generous desire to educate you I would spare my time and effort for more worthwhile things. You berate Azwi for expressing discontent with the flooding of health facilities by foreigners while you conveniently ignore the fact that the same concerns were raised not long ago by none other than the national minister of Health and the Premier of Gauteng. You corrupt the Hippocratic Oath to suit your twisted sophistry and boost your aspiration to be perceived as "civilized". You take issue with my statement "where the law fails the citizenry must act". Show me one country in the world where citizens are prohibited from safeguarding their constitutional and civil rights just so that the "rights" of illegal aliens can be accommodated. You claim this will lead to "lawlessness" while you don't bother to disprove that acts of illegal mining and environmental degradation at Nandoni dam by foreigners are themselves symptoms of lawlessness. Without justification you accuse Azwi of tribalism while, through your utterances, you unwittingly expose yourself as a tribal chauvinist. Your statement " ...... the above mentioned villages are found less than 18km east of Louis Trichardt...and they are in Vhembe district falling under Makhado local municipality. These lands, which are less than 18km east of Louis Trichardt are our PROUD native lands, 100% Tsongaland..." bears testimony to this. For starters what is "Tsongaland" ? I hear this word for the very first time but if you are old enough I am certain you have on numerous occasions heard or read about "Vendaland", "Sekhukhuneland" , “Zululand”", “Xhosaland” and "Pondoland". To my knowledge those are the original terms in place names lexicon. Besides, what you claim to be 100% "Tsongaland" is a subject of much debate but let's leave that for another day. I have followed your articles on Zoutnet for some time and I must state that I find it strange that while you declare some villages around Elim as "100% Tsongaland" you are known to be a fierce opponent of Makhado town being called such despite the fact that the town is located in what is indisputably a 100% Vendaland territory. When you live in a glass house you must be careful not to throw stones.

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    makhosini makhubele 25 days ago

    When we (Tsonga people) salute or praises anyone with a Baloyi or Valoyi surname, we say "Khalanga", Khalanga means someone who come from the Rodzwi clan, a descendant of Hosi Changameri Dombo in Zimbabwe...Azwi, you can also visit Hosi Nwamitwa website, she as a female ruler of the Valoyi clan in Modjadjiskloof, she gives an exciting historical overview of her clan and it will definitely expand your horizon...

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    makhosini makhubele 25 days ago

    Last point on how false your statements are about Tsonga people, Baloyi clan (Valoyi clan in Tsonga) do not come from Mozambique, they come from Zimbabwe, they are the grandchildren of Hosi Changameri Dombo of the Varodzwi clan in what you find the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe...Changameri Dombo Hosi ya Varodzwi is a great great great great grandparents of the current leader of the Valoyi clan at Nwamitwa village in Modjadjiskloof, not far from the rain queen...so vaka Baloyi or Valoyi are not from Mozambique, lava I vatukulu va Hosi Changameri Dombo of the Varodzwi clan, so Azwi next time you write something, please revise your historical knowledge...

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    makhosini makhubele 25 days ago

    Azwi, ignorance will expose your lack of knowledge, you are claiming that you are 100% South Africans and that mina I am not, hahaha you are a laughing stock...Makhosini, for your information, is a Zulu name that originate in Zululand, again out of ignorance, you will be saying that Zulus are also not South Africans, hahaha...second ignorance coming from you is your assumptions that all Tsonga people come from Mozambique, FALSE...my great great great great great great grandparents migrated from Zululand long before Shaka Zulu formed the Zulu kingdom, they migrated with their chief, Hosi Muhlaba who resides in Tzaneen today, Hosi Muhlaba was a cousin of the late chief Dingiswayo of the Mthethwa clan in KZN, Dingiswayo mentored the young Zulu warrior, Shaka. If you visit Muhlaba kraal at Shiluvane village in Tzaneen, you will see pictures of Hosi Muhlaba in Traditional Zulu warrior attire, he is not copying Zulu military culture, he comes from the Zulu clan many centuries ago, so is my name...so assumptions that all Tsonga people come from Mozambique is totally incorrect

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    makhosini makhubele 25 days ago

    Azwi, tell me here, is Bungeni village in Mozambique? Is Nwaxinyamani village in Mozambique? Is Chavani village in Mozambique? Is Valdezia village in Mozambique? Is Mbhokota village in Mozambique? Is Bokisi village in Mozambique? Are Elim-Shirley and Waterval villages also in Mozambique? In all these villages, the Makhubele surnames abound in large numbers, at Bungeni village, the 5 headman that there are Makhubele clan and they report to Hosi Bungeni, at Bokisi the headman is Makhubele and he report to Hosi Chavani Nhjakanhjaka Mukhari, at Nwaxinyamani, the headman is Makhubele and he report to Hosi Bungeni, for your information, the above mentioned villages are found less than 18km east of Louis Trichardt...and they are in Vhembe district falling under Makhado local municipality. These lands, which are less than 18km east of Louis Trichardt are our PROUD native lands, 100% Tsongaland...please just answer my question, are the above villages in Mozambique?

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    Azwidohwi Mpete 26 days ago

    Makhosini Makhubele you are one of those dull Mozambicans who are not worthy of respect and recognition. The bile that you are spewing in your comments below is terrible. It is shocking to learn that there are still people like you in our beloved SA who can not see that something is very wrong in our society. I have reasonable grounds to believe that you are a Mozambican who is hiding behind Tsonga people. I want to warn you and you must open your big ears wide open and hear me very loud when i say the police are coming for you. Do not compare me with you because i was not born in Mozambique i am a true South African born and bred here and i am proud of that unlike you who is a Mozambican who ran out of your country, now hiding here, you wont go back home because you will die of hunger. Cyclone Idai has damaged the country there when did you check your relatives there. What is your profession Makhosini Makhubele? do you even have a degree? I do not have a problem with you disagreeing with me in every statement i make, it was not my intention and it will never be. I don't know you, you dont know me and it will stay that way. Why should i care about you or what you say, what you eat, whether you are in pain or happy. You are not my responsibility, i know why i exist in this world unlike you who crossed the river with crocodiles lurking in those rivers and lions roaring in Kruger National Park. So you think you deserve to live here in South Africa, who do you think you are? get off those high horses. I have never met a dull Mozambican like you who expose yourself like this to law enforcement agencies, now they know you come from Mozambique and they are coming for you so they can deport you. Fort the record Makhosini Makhubele i am not xenophobic and i do not hate non-Venda South Africans, i know very well that my beloved South Africa belongs to all South Africans recognized in our constitution which does not make mention of Mozambicans. Get it through your thick skull that i will not go to any hell, whether you like it or not

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    Azwidohwi Mpete 26 days ago

    Mr. Makhosini Makhubele - has it occurred to you that i am not your friend? You must learn from today on wards when to open that big mouth of yours to respect opinions of other people. First and foremost, whatever comment i make in any article is none of your business and i do not write to please or excite you. Who made you the professor of this website to make your filthy remarks about anything. You dont apply your mind in anything, you just talk like as if something is being pushed from your behind. Wake up man! Where is your compassion for your own country men, i think it is insane for a person like you to want to fix the problems of Zimbabwe and any other African state while your own people are suffering. If you believe there is logic in something like that, then you are not worthy engaging with me because your reasoning capacity is way too low. Ndi vha bva nnda vha no fana na inwi vhane a vha na ndavha na tshithu hafha South Africa ngauri ni khou shavha uri ri do ni pandela. Hafhu inwi ni bva Mozambique so why would you care.

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    makhosini makhubele 26 days ago

    Khethani, your statement "when the law fails, the citizens must act", self-help is not allowed in South Africa...if that happens, then we will have what is called lawlessness in the country and the country will regress,

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    makhosini makhubele 26 days ago

    Finally, your statement that goes like "We are proud of saying 8 houses belonging to Zimbabwean have been burned down"...Azwi, what type of a human being are you? What type of a human are you that you celebrate when other people are going through a pain? which planet do you live? Stop acting like Adolf Hitler who harboured hatred towards other nations...South Africa is a home to many nations and you must just learn to come to terms with this reality or fact, your xenophobic tendencies cannot go unchallenged, you simply do not have a space to live in South Africa if your attitude remains uncivilized towards other nations, just like Adolf Hitler, you will walk straight to hell and be greeted by the Devil because God is a God of all nations...yes I fully agree with you on issues of criminal activities by undocumented immigrants, but just as the former president TM said, when foreign nationals commit crime, let SAPS do its work

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    makhosini makhubele 26 days ago

    In all medical school across the whole world, not only in South Africa but in all civilized nations, medical professional ethics dictates that a medical students, even before he or she receive the MBCHB, takes an oath and declare that he or she will serve humanity, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, social or ethnic origins, nationality and so forth...so in South Africa, when a person coming from other African country presents themselves in a government clinic or hospitals in need of medical assistance, the medical doctor or any other health professional on dutu has no choice but to attend to that patient and abide by the oath of the medical profession, race or ethnicity or social origins or nationality should not play any role,

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    makhosini makhubele 26 days ago

    Azwi, you are not only a racist but also a xenophobic chauvinist and I am afraid you might be a very dangerous tribalist who also harbours hatred towards your fellow black South Africans who are non-Venda...your heart is full of hatred, your statement that white South Africans do not want black South Africans to obtain Doctorates is unfounded, I have many black South Africans, some of them my neighbours, whom I know who obtained their Phd and were supervised by many white academics in our local universities...when it comes to foreign pastors, please don't blame them, blame your fellow South Africans who practice blind faith, no one has forced your so-called brothers and sisters to go to church and give those foreign pastors money, they voluntarily went by themselves. Again, when it comes to services that foreigners receive in South Africa, in particular, medical care in clinic and hospitals, it just show how illiterate and ill informed you are, in Medical ethics across the whole world, no medical doctor or any other health care professional can deny medical assistance to a person simply because of their social origins or race, your views simply show how uncivilized your thinking is, in the modern world, people like you have no space to live in because you are full of unfair discrimination

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    Timmy Khethani 26 days ago

    Well said Azwidohwi. South Africa is a country like no other. It is the only country in the world where an illegal immigrant is treated like a king. Our politicians have to be very careful when they say anything negative about foreigners for fear of being labelled "xenophobic" hence they have to preface everything they say with a disclaimer "I'm not xenophobic". This is nonsense. These foreigners must be dealt with harshly by the law and where the law fails the citizenry must act. Go to Nandoni dam and see what Zimbabweans have done there. They have caused serious environmental damage digging up huge tracts of the ground to make bricks. All this happening while so-called law enforcement agencies and the department of environmental affairs watches and do nothing. The so-called zama zamas in disused mines are mostly foreigners. In downtown JHB marauding gangs of Zimbos and Mozambicans rule the streets. We are doomed as a nation. All these because of weak "leaders" who just dont want be called "xenophobic". But all is not lost. The ordinary citizens will not tolerate this nonsense any longer.

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    Azwidohwi Mpete 27 days ago

    We are so proud of saying 8 houses belonging to Zimbabweans. I have never heard of 8 houses belonging to undocumented and illegal South Africans in Zimbabwe or in any other African country. No South African go to any of other African countries and commit crimes or do as they wish. Illegal foreigners have more rights in South Africa than South Africans, not just Zimbabweans. While others feed our brothers and sisters drugs, others come in here and become pastors, rape our sisters, collect our money and send it home to their countries without paying tax. They receive medical treatment, water, electricty and other government services for free while we pay for everything. We shouldnt be short sighted and think that this is Xenophorbia, it is not. We are being normal because we are able to see that things are not the same anymore and therefore steps must be taken o correct the situation. I think we can deal with our own South African criminals fairly well. The presence of undocumented foreigners living among us makes crime fighting very difficult for law enforcement agencies. The problem is very deep and it will take sometime to resolve. I know of a lot of foreign nationals who came into the country as academics who married our SA sisters just so they can get Citizenship, now we are caring for these people and their children born from marriages with our own sisters. They are professors in our Universities and they only promote each other there, South Africans do not matter, we are sidelined by White people who use these foreigners to block us from getting PHDs, the furthest a black South African can go is a Masters level, only those few who are prepared to be abused by the whites and foreigners in all South African universities get the PhDs. No South African can go to any fellow African country and do any of these things, they would simply eliminate you. But here anything is possible. Our country is a shame and black South Africans are the ones at the receiving end.

 

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Date:24 March 2019 - By: Elmon Tshikhudo

Elmon Tshikhudo

Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and has since been a familiar name among the newspaper's readers.

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