Another school torched in Vuwani as tension over demarcation resurfaces

An admin block, as well as classrooms, were damaged following the arson attack at the primary school on Thursday morning.

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JOHANNESBURG - Yet another school has been set alight in Vuwani as a renewed shutdown over unresolved demarcation issues enters its fifth day in the troubled town.

An admin block, as well as classrooms, were damaged following the arson attack at the primary school on Thursday morning.

Last year, around 30 schools were either burnt or vandalised during demonstrations over the same issue, leaving thousands of pupils without schooling for several months.

Tensions have now resurfaced following a recent decision by the demarcation board to reject the community’s appeal to revert the area back to its previous municipality.

A renewed shutdown is in place in the troubled Limpopo town for a fifth day over unresolved demarcation issues.

The Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga said: “We can confirm that a primary school has been torched, it happened early this morning. An admin block with classrooms and the computer laboratory was also affected.”

At the same time, Limpopo police are searching for the criminals who’ve torched the school.

The police's Moatshe Ngoepe says: “Community members must understand that when they torch schools they’re torching the future of our children. We’re going to leave no stones unturned until all those who were involved are behind bars.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane and Zamangwane Shange)