#VuwaniProtests: Around 2,000 matriculants to play catch-up

The Grade 12 pupils were bussed to three different centres in the province this week.

FILE: The Basic Education Department delivered 74 mobile classrooms in Limpopo to assist schools affected by violent protests in Vuwani and surrounding areas. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Around 2,000 matriculants from Vuwani in Limpopo have started catching up with the work they have missed over the past two months.

The Grade 12 pupils were bussed to three different centres in the province this week following a total shut down in the area due to violent protests.

Over 20 schools were either burnt or vandalised during demonstrations against a court decision to incorporate the area into the new Malamulele Municipality.

The Limpopo Education Department's Naledzani Rasila said, "We're definitely sure we're going to catch up in this short period that we're having because we came here and took them to these centres with a plan."


Earlier this month, police said the Municipal Demarcation Board was responsible for the violence that led to schools being torched.

The police made 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.

The police's Provincial Commissioner for Operational Response Services, Elias Mawela, said 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."