Steven Tau
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3 May 2016
10:25 am

Four schools torched in Vuwani

Steven Tau

"The damage to those properties is extensive." - Maleka

At least four schools, a tribal office, a satellite police station and a post office were torched on Monday night in the violence-stricken area of Vuwani, just outside Thohoyandou, Limpopo police confirmed on Tuesday.

Some residents initially claimed it was seven schools that were set alight, but speaking to The Citizen, police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Maleka said the official number of schools torched, stood at four, three of which are high schools and one primary.

“The damage to those properties is extensive.

“The situation remain tense, but our officers will continue to monitor the area,” Maleka said.

Several roads have also been barricaded with rocks and rubble.

The protest action started on Sunday afternoon following a report back meeting on the court matter where traditional leaders recently lost a court bid to compel the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to reverse its decision to merge their area with Malamulele to form a new municipality.

The Citizen has also reliably learnt that residents resolved also that community spokespersons should not conduct any media interviews.

Meanwhile the very same demarcation issue has in recent months seen IEC voter registrations also disrupted by residents who do not want to remain under the Makhado local municipality.

– stevent@citizen.co.za