15th school destroyed in Vuwani protests

15th school destroyed in Vuwani protests

VUWANI, LIMPOPO – Two more schools have been burnt in Vuwani in the ongoing protest over demarcation, bringing the total number of schools torched to 15.

Vuwani police spokesman Elaijah Malatji said four classrooms were burnt at the Munwai primary school while a staff room was gutted at Tshinavhe secondary school.

Malatji said no arrests has been made in connection with the latest arson attacks on government properties.

Violence erupted on Sunday evening when protesting residents took to the streets after the Limpopo high court dismissed their application to remain under the Makhado municipality.

They had approached the court seeking a review of a Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) decision to include their area under the new Malamulele municipality.

the MDB had announced in 2014 that one municipality in Limpopo’s Vhembe district would be demarcated to fall under the new Malamulele municipality.

Since the latest court ruling, residents have taking to venting their anger, torching schools in the area, barricading roads, stoning passing cars and battling riot police.

Several vehicles, a post office and a tribal office have also been set alight.

Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha and members of his cabinet were expected to meet with traditional leaders.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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