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#LimpopoProtests: Vuwani residents take a stand to protect their schools

The Bungeni area has nearly 13 schools and is next to a village where three schools have been torched.

The number of schools targeted in ongoing protests in the Vuwani area now stands at 22. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

VUWANI - Residents in one of the villages in Vuwani say they will not allow their schools to come under attack and have lashed out at community members for what they say are tribalist reasons for resisting inclusion in the Malamulele Municipality.

The Bungeni area has nearly 13 schools and is next to a village where three schools have been torched.

Residents say they have started protecting their schools by maintaining protection shifts.

Vuwani residents have been protesting since Monday after losing a court bid to reverse the demarcation board decision.

LISTEN: President Zuma condemns burning of schools in Vuwani

Bungeni community leader Makhosane Sambo says parents and pupils in this area will not stand by while their infrastructure is being destroyed.

"They are protecting their schools, some are sleeping there at night and if they suspect a car, they call the police."

Sambo says there has already been an attempted arson attack at one of the schools.

"A petrol bomb failed to burn the school at Khomanani."

He says Bungeni residents have accepted the demarcation board's decision.

"This is tribalism because those people from here are Tsonga and those are Vendas and I think they have a problem with being led by Shangaane people. So that is why they decided to burn our schools because they think we are Shangaans."

Despite widespread appeals for calm, demonstrations have continued today, with another school being set alight.

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