Vuwani lockdown suspended as teachers, learners return to school

Learning was interrupted for almost a month with at least 30,000 pupils affected.

FILE: Vuwani learners in class. Picture: Kgothatso Mokgale/EWN

VUWANI – The lockdown in Vuwani has been suspended with pupils and teachers allowed to return to school on Monday morning.

Learning was interrupted for almost a month with at least 30,000 pupils affected.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma abandoned plans to address a community meeting to discuss demarcation issues, resulting in violent protests.

Four people have since been arrested.

But this morning, it seems teachers and pupils heeded a call from the Presidency to return to school.

Earlier, a few children dressed in school uniform could be seen here making their way to class.

The Limpopo Basic Education Department has welcomed the decision to allow for learning to resume and says it will introduce catch up programmes for the pupils.

School gates reopened a few minutes ago and authorities are confident the day will go smoothly.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)