Reports coming out of the troubled area of Vuwani, just outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, suggest that at least seven schools were torched on Monday in the wake of a violent protest action by irate residents.
Speaking to The Citizen on Tuesday morning, one of the residents who did not want to be named said three municipal vehicles, including a post office were also set alight by disgruntled protesters who are demanding that the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) reverse a decision it took to merge the area with Malamulele and other surrounding areas, to form a new municipality.
Vuwani has been falling under the Makhado local municipality and residents have repeatedly said they want to remain there.
Traditional leaders also recently lost a court bid to compel the MDB to reverse its decision to merge their area with Malamulele to form a new municipality.
It is understood that upon being briefed about the outcome of the court case, residents decided that no community leader will from now on speak on their behalf and that they would now intensify their protest action.
“The situation is currently volatile and there is no schooling taking place.
“Businesses have also been forced to shutdown, with no one able to go to work,” the anonymous resident said.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Maleka confirmed that the situation remains very tense.
“We are still collecting reports on the exact number of incidents of damage to property,” Maleka said.
In recent months, IEC officials were not allowed to carry out their voter registrations duties in the area by residents who vowed not to allow anyone to register until such time that their demands are firstname.lastname@example.org