The troubled Limpopo town of Vuwani has seen a fresh batch of protests emerge as authorities attempt to reopen both the local Traffic Department and municipal offices following the last stretch of strikes and violence.
Residents have demanded and agreed with the opening of the offices, but only under the Vhembe District Municipality.
The protests began nearly 9 months ago over a municipal zoning dispute between authorities and residents.
The town suffered a series of shutdowns affecting schools and businesses in the region.
Around 2,000 matric pupils have missed another preliminary exam on Wednesday.
Community members are adamant that they will not be part of the new municipality as per the demands of Malamulele residents.
A resident says that while it’s important for children to return to class, adding that government must also make good on President Jacob Zuma's promises earlier this year.
A meeting between the pro-Makhado demarcation task team, which is leading the protest, and government is expected to take place as well.
The outcome of that meeting will determine whether the shutdown will continue.