Vuwani leaders commit to ending violence in the area

An interministerial task team has been set up to dissolve a protest in which 24 schools were damaged.

FILE: The number of schools targeted in ongoing protests in the Vuwani area now stands at over 20. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo provincial government says it's consulted with 13 of the 18 traditional leaders in Vuwani and has received a commitment that violence in the area will come to an end, as demands about a new municipality are being addressed.

An inter-ministerial task team has been set up to dissolve a protest that started earlier this month in which 24 schools were badly damaged.

The Department of Education says it's not able to resume learning or assess the damage to schools due to the continued barricading of roads and intimidation of officials.

Limpopo government spokesman Phuti Seloba said, "The five that are left are the ones we've started engaging with them through king. It is not only about engagements, there is commitment that violence in the area must end and that children must quickly get back to classes."

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Yesterday, former president Thabo Mbeki added his voice to the condemnation of the burning of schools in Vuwani saying the law needs enforced.

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 yesterday.

He said 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."