Schools open in Vuwani months after fiery protests
Vuwani residents boycotted the elections over demarcation issues which sparked protests in May.
VUWANI - The Basic Education Department says schools in Vuwani have finally opened today, after being shut during protests earlier this year.
At least 20 schools were damaged in May as angry residents protested against the merging of Malamulele with Vuwani
Vuwani had one of the lowest turnouts at the polls yesterday as many residents boycotted the elections over the demarcation issues.
It's quiet at the Tshinavhe Secondary School.
This was one of the worst affected schools during the protests this year and the school has still not been repaired.
Department of basic education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says they're pleased that some children returned to school today.
But he says many have stayed away.
"We are still concerned that we have schools like this one which is completely deserted, but for a good reason - it was damaged completely. It was one of the worst affected."
The preliminary voting results at 2.30pm in the area show the African National Congress at just over 66%, followed by the Economic Freedom Fighters at 16%.