The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Coligny, North West, are calling on community members to reject any possibility of reconciliation and resolve the matter themselves.
The message by the EFF is in direct conflict with that of the Members of the Provincial Task Team who are calling for reconciliation.
While the North West provincial government is calling for white and black community members in the trouble-torn Coligny area to reconcile, heal and renew relations, the Economic Freedom Fighters have called on residents of Tlhabologang township to reject any program that calls for reconciliation.
The reconciliation, healing and renewal program comes after three weeks of violent protests following the killing of 16 Mahlomola Mosweu allegedly by two white farmers.
The government tries to bring comfort to the trouble-torn community, which resulted in violent protests due to an alleged racially motivated attack.
The provincial government has appealed to residents to maintain the peace and reconcile.
Premiers office Tebogo Ramashilabele says, “We managed to engage both parties to make sure that we bring stability in Coligny. Now from the look of things, you can see people went to school this morning; shops are open; everything is back normal.”
But now, the EFF has told residents to reject any possibility of reconciliation and resolve the matter themselves.
EFF leader in North West Betty Diale says, “The EFF is calling on the people of Tlhabologang to reject any program that calls for reconciliation with the white racist enemy.”
Meanwhile, residents say while reconciliation is possible, more still needs to be done to bridge the divide.
Meanwhile, the EFF plans to march to the Coligny Police Station and the Justice Department offices next week to voice their misgivings.