Cops uncover new leads, make progress in Vuwani violence probe

Authorities say the situation remains tense after at least 20 schools were burnt to the ground.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police say they've made progress due to new leads in their Vuwani violence investigation, which they believe could lead to more arrests.

Authorities say the situation in the area remains tense after at least 20 schools were burnt to the ground in violent protests earlier this month.

The Limpopo Municipality was subsequently declared a disaster area.

The police's Ronel Otto says 24 people have been arrested; seven of whom are minors and have been released into the care of their parents.

"We still have teams working on the ground looking into the arson and destruction of property that took place. So, more arrests can definitely be expected."

WATCH: Vuwani community resolute in violent protest.

Government says it's positive that it's done enough work on the ground in Vuwani to restore peace and stability in the area ahead of the reopening of schools on Monday.

An inter-ministerial task team, led by Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen, has been engaging with community members in the Limpopo town in an effort to ensure the Vhembe district and surrounding areas return to normality.