Police to closely guard mobile schools in Vuwani

Schooling is expected to resume tomorrow now that relative calm has been restored.

FILE: A number of schools were targeted in violent protests in the Vuwani area. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) says police will maintain a high presence in Vuwani, especially around mobile schools that will be delivered to the area.

The department says it expects schooling to resume tomorrow now that relative calm has been restored.

The area has seen continuous protests this month as locals attempted to fight against their integration into the new Malamulele Municipality.

Yesterday, a prayer meeting was held in Vuwani, where residents vowed to protect schools and allow learning to resume.

Cogta spokesperson Legadima Leso says government is confident that all will go well.

"I am very happy to say that community members were there and pledged that all 64 mobile schools, which will be deployed there, will be protected by the community."

The department says schooling will commence tomorrow after violent protests which saw more than 20 schools seriously damaged.