Gordhan: Destruction in Vuwani is regrettable

More than 20 schools were burnt or vandalised this month during a violent demonstration.

FILE: A total shutdown was enforced two weeks ago due to violent demonstrations. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has joined the chorus of condemnation over the destruction of schools and other facilities in Vuwani.

More than 20 schools were burnt or vandalised this month during a violent demonstration over demarcation.

Speaking in the National Assembly this afternoon where Members of Parliament were voting on government departments' budget allocations, Gordhan said the destruction was regrettable and had to be condemned.

"It cannot be that those who are having financial interests because of the old arrangement of municipalities, now inspire a rampage where almost two dozen schools are wiped out in a very short period of time."

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SAFETY OF MOBILE CLASSES

Earlier today, the Basic Education Department said it hoped the delivery of mobile classrooms at some schools in Vuwani and surrounding areas would go a long way in ensuring learning and teaching takes place.

At least 74 mobile classrooms were delivered to schools in Vuwani and surrounding areas.

The reopening of schools in the Limpopo community saw some improvements following a dismal turnout of teachers and pupils on Monday.

A total shutdown was enforced two weeks ago due to violent demonstrations.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga said the responsibility now lied with community members to ensure school infrastructure was safe.

"We hope that members of the community, with all the engagements we have had, will have seen the need to take the responsibility to take care of property."

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Additional reporting by Thando Kubheka.