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Education Dept: There's little we can do about situation in Vuwani

Learners in Vuwani have entered a seventh week without schooling.

One of the schools targeted during protests in the Vuwani area. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says there is little the department can do to bring the situation in Vuwani back to normal saying the issue there is political.

The department was giving submissions in Braamfontein at the national hearings on the impact of violent protests on education around the country.

Learners in Vuwani have entered a seventh week without schooling.

Last month, more than 20 schools were destroyed in the area during demarcation protests.

Basic Education Director General Mathanzima Mweli says what happened in Vuwani is beyond his department.

Mweli is adamant the local government department must play a greater role in resolving the impasse.

But Human Rights Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate says the responsibility lies with all departments.

The commission has indicated it's not convinced that the Education Department acted swiftly to avert further damage to schools in Vuwani.