News 9.5.2016 08:46 am

21 Vuwani suspects due in court on Monday

A burnt-out school in Ha-Mashau village, Limpopo. Picture: Steven Tau

A burnt-out school in Ha-Mashau village, Limpopo. Picture: Steven Tau

“Law enforcers will remain in the area until such time that law and order is fully restored.”-Ledwaba

The 21 suspects arrested in the wake of the violence which erupted in the troubled area of Vuwani last week, are expected to appear in the Malamulele Magistrates Court on Monday, Limpopo police said.

Vuwani and surrounding areas were gripped by violence, which saw more than 20 schools torched, a satellite police station as well as a post office.

Speaking to The Citizen on Monday morning, police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said the area was relatively quiet during this past weekend.

“However, law enforcers will remain in the area until such time that law and order is fully restored,” he said.

Some people, not taking part in the so called protest over demarcation issues, who spoke to The Citizen on condition of anonymity said they were fearing for their lives after being told that their houses were going to be set alight, if they chose to not be part of the protest.

Several residents have been demanding that the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) reverse its decision to merge Vuwani with Malamulele and surrounding areas, to form a new municipality.

Tribal leaders recently lost their court bid to force the MDB to reverse its decision, and this did not sit well with some of the residents who then went on a rampage last week, torching schools and destroying property.

The violence prompted President Jacob Zuma to assign Cabinet Ministers of State Security and Corporate Governance and Traditional Affairs to the violence-stricken area. Many pupils have been left to bear the brunt of the burning of schools, not knowing when they will be able to resume with their schooling.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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