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Mahlobo: We knew about Vuwani protests a year ago

In 2016, more than 20 schools were either torched or vandalised during violent protests in the Limpopo town.

FILE: Residents in Vuwani protest. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday revealed that government intelligence already knew about the protests in Vuwani before the burning of the schools.

Mahlobo was giving feedback on the peace and stability commissions resolutions.

Last year, more than 20 schools were either torched or vandalised during violent protests in the Limpopo town.

Mahlobo has now revealed that government intelligence already had information about these demonstrations before they took place.

“We knew Vuwani and Malamulele, a year ago, that it would happen.”

Mahlobo went on to say there were successful arrests because of the intelligence but it’s the prosecution that falls short.

“One of the things that we were discussing in terms of law, is that when you have a mob, who do you blame for burning a car and do you use gathered information. Those are the issues that we’re grappling with.”

WATCH: Mahlobo: We knew Vuwani would happen

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)