A police nyala was burnt during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo, on Friday. Photo:SAPS

Johannesburg – A police nyala and a truck were set alight in Vuwani, Limpopo, on Friday as residents took to the streets and protested against being incorporated into a newly proposed Malamulele municipality.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto said the area had come to a total standstill.

“No public transport is operating, shops and schools are also closed. A police nyala and a truck were set alight during the protests, travelers are advised to avoid the area,” she said.

The road from Elim through Vuwani to Malamulele was blocked with rocks and burning tyres.

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) announced in July that Malamulele would get its own new municipality, to be known as Malamulele-Vuwani Municipality.

This comes after years of protest by Malamulele residents who demanded their own municipality, and to be separated from Thulamela Municipality, which they accused of ignoring their plight for services.

The new municipality will incorporate Vuwani, which falls under Vhembe Municipality.