‘Vuwani residents commit to peace, rebuilding the area’

Minister Des Van Rooyen says they have been interacting with Vuwani residents about a way forward.

FILE: One of the more than 20 schools affected by demarcation protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cooperative Governance Minister Des Van Rooyen says Vuwani residents have committed to peace and rebuilding of the area as thousands of pupils prepare for school on Monday.

Several high profile meetings have been taking place in the area to ensure the situation returns to normal as soon as possible.

Vuwani was declared a disaster area this week, following violent protests, which resulted in over 20 schools being burnt to the ground.

Van Rooyen says they have been interacting with the people of Vuwani and surrounding areas regarding a way forward.

"We'll even go to those villages where schools are not operating, we are working with all sector leadership [and] the community, including traditional leaders."

He says while community members have expressed their discontent with the demarcation of their municipality, they are committed to working with government to ensure children return to school.

"They also gave a commitment that they are committed to peace."

The minister says while the extent of the damage is not yet known, a technical task team has been appointed and will make its findings soon.

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