Parliamentarians debate schooling crisis in Vuwani

Interim arrangements are being made in Limpopo to get teaching & learning back on track.

FILE: The principal of a school in Vuwani addressing matric students on a study camp this weekend. Picture: Kgothatso Mokgale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are debating the schooling crisis in Vuwani in Limpopo as interim arrangements are made to get teaching and learning back on track.

More than 20 schools were razed during chaotic demonstrations this month over a disputed municipal demarcation decision.

The Basic Education Department says 74 mobile classrooms will be sent to Vuwani and surrounding areas in the aftermath of the violence.

LISTEN: _Vuwani schools empty on first day back. _

As Members of Parliament (MPs) debate what led to the explosion of protests in Vuwani, some pupils and teachers are too afraid to return to class.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Floyd Shivambu claims the protests were stoked by internal African National Congress (ANC) battles.

"It's mostly intra ANC squabbles because the mayor of Makhado is from Vuwani so when he is demarcated into the new municipality, Malamulele, he realises that it's not going to be a possibility of him becoming a mayor again."

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Kevin Mileham has called on government to provide clarity on the municipal demarcation dispute.

"The Municipal Demarcation Board in a bizarre reversal, created a new municipality combining Malamulele from the former Thulamela Municipality and Vuwani from Makhado Municipality."

He says, "There has been no impact assessment to determine the viability of the proposed new municipality" and no public consultation with the residents of Vuwani."

ANC MP Nomalungelo Gina, meanwhile, says the delivery of mobile schools is part of efforts to return normality to the area.