More children set to return to school in Vuwani

Last week mobile classrooms were delivered, but not all pupils have returned to school.

The Basic Education Department delivered 74 mobile classrooms in Limpopo to assist schools affected by violent protests in Vuwani and surrounding areas. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities in Limpopo say they expect more children to return to schools in Vuwani after learning was suspended due to violent protests.

Earlier this month, more than 20 schools were set alight and vandalised as residents protested over the incorporation of their area into a new municipality.

Last week, mobile classrooms were delivered to Vumani but not all pupils have returned to school.

Limpopo government spokesperson Phuti Seloba said, "They were still not happy over the percentage, it was still around 48 percent. So we're still working out to make sure that at least it increases and we're optimistic that this number should be quite higher."

Deputy National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola said 307 officers were deployed to the 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 said they will do all they can to maintain 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 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.

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