Situation in Vuwani remains ‘worrisome’

Situation in Vuwani remains ‘worrisome’

13 schools have been torched since the protest over demarcation issues started on Sunday.

The situation in the troubled area of Vuwani, just outside Thohoyandou, remains worrisome, Limpopo police said on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to The Citizen, police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Maleka said although it appears to be a bit calm, the worry remains on when protesters would be going on a rampage again.

“The violent protests in this area happen unexpectedly, but mostly at night,” Maleka said. So far, 13 schools have been torched since the protest over demarcation issues began on Sunday.

Irate residents have been demanding for the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to reverse a decision taken, which could see Vuwani merged with Malamulele and other surrounding areas to form a new municipality. Vuwani currently falls under the Makhado local municipality and that is where residents want to remain.

Local tribal leaders recently lost a court bid which sought to force the MDB to reverse its decision and when locals were informed about this at a meeting held on Sunday, they were not happy and decided to take to the streets.

Commenting further on the burnt schools, Maleka said four were set alight on Monday night and a further nine on Tuesday night, bringing the total number to 13. Apart from the schools damaged, a post office, satellite police station, including five vehicles were also damaged.

“Three of those vehicles belong to the police while the other two belong to community members,” Maleka said. He said a sufficient number of police officers has been deployed to the area. The Citizen news team is en route to the area for further updates.


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