Vuwani schools remain shut as protests continue

The area has been on lockdown since Monday with business shut as negotiations continue to end the protest.

Rubble blocks a street in Vuwani during protest action. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Vuwani schools remain shut this week due to ongoing protests in the Limpopo town, with matric pupils unable to write their preliminary exams for another day.

The area has been on lockdown since Monday, with businesses shut as negotiations continue to end the protest.

Two vehicles were pelted with stones during protests on Tuesday.

The Pro-Makhado Demarcation Task Team, which is leading protests in the area, wants to know why the government has not kept its commitment.

They say that nothing has changed since President Jacob Zuma visited the area in July.

The Basic Education Department’s Elijah Mhlanga says: "We’re concerned… there are 47 days left before the start of the grade 12 final year exams and learners are preparing for that. These disruptions are causing untold damage."

The police’s Motlafela Mojapelo says Vuwani is quiet on Wednesday morning, but officers remain on high alert.

“There were two minor incidents, where two vehicles were damaged. They threw stones at the vehicles, damaging the windscreen and side windows. No injuries were reported.”

At least 30 schools were either torched or vandalised during protests over demarcation last year.

Mhlanga says: “We hope that if the conflict ends this week, we should be able to assist them by next week. We remain optimistic that a solution will be found.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)