'We're deeply disappointed,' says Sadtu after Limpopo schools torched
Four more schools were allegedly set alight & vandalised overnight by angry residents.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) says it is deeply concerned about the situation in Vuwani in Limpopo where 17 schools have been torched.
Four more schools were set alight and vandalised overnight, allegedly by residents angry at the Municipal Demarcation Board.
LISTEN: _An update on the situation in Vuwani. _
Some in the community want the board to reconsider a decision which included the area under a new municipality.
- Govan Whittles (@van1go) May 5, 2016
Sadtu's Matome Raphasha says the burning of schools is unnecessary.
"It's really frustrated us and we're in the middle of the year. We were working hard to prepare the learners for the June examinations and the end-of-year examinations. The burning of schools is going to have a negative effect."
After nearly a week of chaos in Vuwani, there's been a brief respite in demonstrations, allowing police to clear some of the blocked roads and an assessment of the burnt-out schools is due to begin.
About 100,000 learners have been affected by the demonstrations.
The police have also maintained a strong presence but there's no sign of the people who protested last night.
- Govan Whittles (@van1go) May 4, 2016
Schools in the area remain closed while only a handful of learners can be seen roaming around the community.
Learners who were taking part in the demonstrations will await the outcome of a meeting with government officials about their demands.
Police are also expected to announce the number of people who were arrested during the protests.