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Police vow to keep a close eye on Vuwani ahead of August elections

Saps briefed Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee on the 12 hot spots across the country since January.

FILE: The Vhudzani secondary school is one of over 20 schools which have been touched by the Vuwani community. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police say the Vuwani area in Limpopo is likely to remain a protest hot spot going into the Local Government Elections in August.

Twenty-seven schools were vandalised or torched during a wave of protests in the Vhembe District Municipality this month, over municipal demarcation issues.

WATCH: Vuwani community resolute in violent protest

Deputy National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola says 307 officers were deployed to that region.

"We continuously assess which areas will be hot spots; we are aware that Vuwani will remain a hot spot and there is a likelihood that it will continue as we get closer to the elections. "

Masemola says they will do all they can to maintain the current stability in the area.

"There is stability currently, but we will make sure that our deployments are sustained so that we make sure that when elections come, at least the area is stable."

South African Police Service officials were briefing Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee today on their intervention in 12 hot spots across the country, since the beginning of the year.

These include KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal and Hammanskraal in Gauteng.

WATCH: Hammanskraal residents: Councillor gave us this land

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