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‘Govt failed our communities’

Principals in Limpopo say learning will not resume unless the community’s grievances are addressed.

FILE: The commission is currently holding national hearings on the impact of demonstrations on education. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - School Principals from Vuwani and Malamulele have told the South African Human Rights Commission that government has failed their communities.

The areas have both been hit by violent protests over demarcation, causing massive disruptions to learning.

The commission is currently holding national hearings on the impact of demonstrations on education.

The principals from schools in Malamulele and Vuwani did not want to be named for fear of victimisation.

They've told the commission that government failed to respond with urgency when dealing with the torching of schools.



They agree the case in Vuwani is more complex, saying even local police officers and chiefs, collude with protesters.

One principal from Vuwani told the commission that unless government deals with the root causes of protests in his community, schooling will not resume.



Pupils there have now gone weeks without schooling.