Vuwani area gradually returning to normal

The situation in Vuwani and the surrounding villages is gradually returning to normality as all major roads and streets that were blockaded in the area are now open.

This follows an appeal by the Inter-Ministerial Task Team to restore calm so that teaching and learning can resume.

While businesses remain closed in Vuwani township, calm has been restored in villages such as the volatile Mashau village where more schools were torched and damaged.

When SAnews arrived at Tshipakoni Senior Secondary School in Tshino village outside Vuwani earlier this morning, learning activities had already resumed.

Public transport services returned to normal from Vuwani township to Thohoyandou, Elim and Makhado town. Almost all villages in Tshimbupfe and Vyeboom remained inaccessible as streets are still barricaded.

However, most learners from other schools in the area had to return home as there were no teachers at their respective schools.

In certain schools such as Vhafamadi Secondary School at Mashau village, which was also burnt down, teachers and learners did not show up at the school. This is attributed to allegations that residents have been told that the shutdown is still continuing.

The violent protests erupted last week after residents lost a court case to have the area reinstated under the Makhado Municipality.

The court ruling paved the way for the new proposed Malamulele municipality which will incorporate, Tshikonelo village, Vuwani and other surrounding villages such as Tshimbupfe, Vyeboom, Davhana, Masia and Mashau villages to mention, but a few.

At Tshivhade Primary School, both learners and parents were busy with clean-up operations after the school went up in flames a week ago.

Limpopo Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, who was also in the area visiting schools, had to rush to Davhana village after it was alleged that Davhana Secondary School was burning.

However, on arrival with his officials, he discovered that the school was not up in flames although it remained closed.

The MEC said that he is expecting mobile classrooms to be delivered to the torched and damaged schools in the area today.

Last week, residents of Ha-Davhana outside Vuwani used the Ministerial Task Team meeting held at their village to refute media reports claiming that they are part of a wave of violent protests in the area opposing a move to form part of the new proposed municipality.

SOURCE: Government Communication and information System