More Limpopo classrooms go up in flames in another night of violence

Seventeen schools are now confirmed to have been torched by residents of both Vuwani & Levubu.

Shops surrounded with barbwire to prevent residents from looting businesses in Vuwani. Picture: EWN.

VUWANI - The Vuwani area in Limpopo remains on lockdown this morning after a fourth consecutive night of violent protests and clashes with police.

Seventeen schools are now confirmed to have been torched by residents of both Vuwani and Levubu and teaching has come to a halt in the area.

Last night, community members set fire to tree branches, blocking the main roads while they pelted passing cars with stones.

Many of the roads leading into Vuwani remain blocked by rocks and trees.

At least eight police vans and three nyalas were out in full force on patrol.

But this did not stop residents from pelting the authorities with rocks while hidden in the thick bush along the roads.

The municipal demarcation protest is in full swing, but residents and community leaders have refused to speak to the media.

Yesterday they set fire to four more schools.

The Education Department says the latest school was torched in the Faireboom area and it fears the protest is now spreading to more areas.

Road blocked with rocks and tree branches leading to the Vuwani area. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

MECs TO MEET WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS

A collective of MECs from the Limpopo government are planning to meet with community leaders from Vuwani today.

Evidence of running battles between police and residents is visible in the town and along the road to the different villages.

The police have also maintained a strong presence and are maintaining patrols.

But this morning, some learners could be seen walking to their school outside of the town.

The 17 schools affected are based in three villages.

A provincial task team set up to quell the protest will meet the community leaders in Thohoyandou later this morning.