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SAHRC wraps up hearings on impact of violent protests on schooling

The SAHRC was hoping to hear evidence from State Security, which says it will rather make written submissions.

FILE: The Vhudzani Secondary School, one of the schools torched in the Vuwani community. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the State Security Agency (SSA) has declined to make oral submissions at its national hearings on the impact of violent protests on education.

The commission has now wrapped-up its hearings in Braamfontein.

The SAHRC has heard evidence from different role-players, on the violent protests that lead to more than 20 schools being destroyed in Vuwani.

The South African Police Service (Saps) shifted blame to the Demarcation Board, saying they it was nowhere to be seen when Vuwani was burning.

The Education Department meanwhile says issues in the Limpopo community were political and needed to be resolved by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department.

But there was consensus among commissioners that intelligence structures could have done a better job to avert further damage to school property.

The SAHRC was hoping to hear evidence from the SSA, which has told the commission it will rather make written submissions.

The commissioners will now compile a report and submit it to Parliament for debate and implementation.