Cops blame Municipal Demarcation Board for Vuwani protests

Police say the board is responsible for the violence that led to 24 schools being torched.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The police say the Municipal Demarcation Board is responsible for the violence that led to 24 schools being torched in Vuwani, Limpopo.

The police have been making submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)'s national hearings in Braamfontein, on the impact of violent protests on education around the country.

Residents in Vuwani were protesting over the area's inclusion into the newly established Malamulele Municipality in the Vhembe district.

The police's Provincial Commissioner for Operational Response Services, Elias Mawela, says the board was nowhere to be found when Vuwani was burning.

"They should have gone out there and explained the problem to the community and how they should have gone about challenging the decision. Where were they?"

The Education Department's Director-General Mathanzima Mweli told the SAHRC the problem in Vuwani was beyond his department's scope.

"This was political and had to be resolved politically."

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department is expected to make its submissions at the hearings tomorrow.

WATCH: Vuwani Protests: Intimidation, fear mar resumption of classes