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'Govt systems ineffective in anticipating violent protests'

Government was recently criticised for failing to avert further damage to school property in Vuwani.

FILE: One of the 24 torched schools in Vuwani, Limpopo. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government has admitted its systems are not effective enough to detect when communities are about to embark on violent protests.

Yesterday, the Department of Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (DPME) made submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)'s hearings on the impact of protests on education.

Government was recently criticised for failing to avert further damage to school property in Vuwani after the first four schools were torched.

In total, 24 schools were vandalised by residents during protests over demarcation.

The department's Thabo Mabogoane says government is working on strengthening its systems.

"I don't think our systems are much more effective to be able to predict this kind of reaction to our schools."

The commission is holding a three-day national hearing on the impact of violent protests on education around the country.

SAHRC Director Lindiwe Mokate says there's a belief among community members that disrupting schooling during protests, will attract a swift response from government.

LISTEN: Authorities vow to tackle the impact of violent protests on learning