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'Violence, anarchy can never be justified'

The Presidency says it's not true that govt only pays attention to citizens when violence breaks out.

Damage to the student buildings at Fort Hare University during overnight protests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says it's not true that government only pays attention to residents' grievances when violence breaks out in their communities.

Three weeks ago, residents of Vuwani in Limpopo started burning schools after a court ruling dismissed their application not to be included into a new municipality.

WATCH: Mobile classes arrive in protest-ravaged Vuwani

In KwaZulu-Natal, striking outsourced worker have been disrupting services at various state hospitals and patients had to be referred to neighbouring health facilities as a result.

Meanwhile, violence erupted at the University of Fort Hare this week. Students are unhappy with the way university management has dealt with their grievances which relate to student debt and financing.

WATCH: Centenary eve conflict at the University of Fort Hare

The Presidency's Bongani Ngqulunga says violence and anarchy can never be justified.

"There is no way in which evidence can be brought to show that government does not go to the people to listen to their concerns. As much as our Constitution allows for freedom of speech, I don't think that it justifies the destruction of property."

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