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SAHRC to host national hearing after Vuwani violence

The commission will host a hearing to discuss the impact of protests on the right to access basic education.

One of the more than 20 schools that was affected by demarcation protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will hold a three-day national hearing on the impact of protests on the right to access basic education in South Africa.

The hearing, which is scheduled for next week, will include people from different departments including education, police and civil society groups.

This comes after more than 20 schools were either burnt or vandalised in Limpopo when violent protests erupted in Vuwani.

The commission says it's observed and monitored the ongoing protests in the country, adding while some relate to demarcation, most are due to a lack of service delivery.

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena says, "We'll look at the way in which these protests have been handled by both the protesters and the State, and whether it adequately protected the rights of people and especially children."