Denosa welcomes court's decision on Vuwani violence suspects

The court has denied bail to those suspected of being involved in the burning of at least 24 schools.

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 - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has welcomed the decision by the Malamulele Magistrates Court to deny bail to all those suspected of being involved in the burning of at least 24 schools in Vuwani.

Last month, residents in and around the Limpopo town were protesting against their inclusion into a new municipality and vandalised scores of schools as well as a clinic in the area.

Denosa says it supports the court's decision and thinks it will send a strong message to protesting community members in other affected areas too.

The organisation says those responsible for the destruction of property are infringing on the rights of ordinary citizens.

Spokesperson Simphiwe Gada has called on the police to prioritise the investigation.

"When we look at this situation, children have been displaced and they're not getting the best education now. We also compare this issue with the clinic that was burnt because people decided that they were angry about the electricity outage."

Meanwhile, Denosa is meeting with community members in Thokoza following the torching of the local clinic.

Computers and medication were also stolen from the facility and a high level metro police task team was set up to investigate.

Gada says the government should not repair the clinic. "We want to explain to the consequences of the actions to the community so that they can appreciate the resources that the government gives them. They need to understand that they need a clinic for their well-being. It cannot be an easy decision to burn a clinic."