More suspects arrested for Vuwani arson attacks

In the last 24 hours, another school that had previously been damaged, and a house were set alight.

FILE: At least 20 schools have been set on fire in the last few days, as residents living in the Limpopo town continue their protest, against their inclusion into the Malamulele Municipality. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police say 23 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the recent spate of arson attacks in the town of Vuwani.

In the last 24 hours, another school that had previously been damaged, and a house were set alight.

At least 20 schools have been set on fire in the last few days, as residents living in the Limpopo town continue their protest, against their inclusion into the Malamulele Municipality.

The police's Malesela Ledwaba said, "Eight more suspects have been arrested meaning that the total number is now 23 suspects arrested in connection with the protests at Vuwani."

VHAVENDA KING CALLS FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE, VANDALISM

The Vhavenda king has called on protesting residents of Vuwani to end the violence and vandalism of schools in the area, but added he fully supports their opposition to joining a new municipality based in Malamulele.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga met with the king at the Vhavenda royal house in Dzanani to discuss the protests and continued arson attacks on schools.

WATCH: Vhavenda king backs his people.

King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana said the violence that occurred during the Vuwani protests must end.

"They must do away with violence. People are burning the future, when you burn schools it means there will be no future for all our children."

But he argued that the demands being made by the residents are legitimate.

"I support my people in their opposition to the new municipality. I am going to engage the president of the country to look at a possible solution."

The king said he will seek a meeting with President Jacob Zuma to discuss the demonstrations and how to proceed.

Meanwhile, Vatsonga royal leaders in Vuwani said they fear that a violent protest in the area may escalate into a full-scale tribal war.

Chairperson of Vatsonga-Machangani royal leaders Hosi Nwamitwa said some Tsonga communities started to defend their schools from being destroyed.