Mbeki adds to chorus of condemning Vuwani arson attacks

Former president Thabo Mbeki says the attacks form a part of a larger complex societal problem.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki has added his voice to the condemnation of the burning of schools in Vuwani saying the law needs enforced.

More than 20 schools in the Limpopo town have been torched by Vuwani residents who are protesting against their incorporation into the Malamulele municipality.

Mbeki was asked whether the supreme law of the land protects children from their rights being infringed on through the arson attacks on education facilities, during a panel discussion in Pretoria today.

He says the attacks form a part of a larger complex societal problem.

"It's illegal to go and burn libraries, trains and all of these infrastructure. The law needs to be enforced."


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

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."