11 Vuwani arson suspects appear

2016-05-09 16:04
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Malamulele - Eleven people accused of burning down schools in Vuwani, Limpopo appeared in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Godwin Ntsane postponed the case to May 16 for a formal bail application. The 11 remain in custody.

They were among 21 people arrested at the weekend in connection with a series of arson attacks in the Vuwani-Levubu area.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said another six were expected appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court while the remaining four were minors and had been handed to a probation officer for investigation and assessment.

Ledwaba said more arrests were expected. 

The protests escalated when residents lost a court battle to have the area remain under Makhado, instead of being merged into a new municipality with Malamulele.

To date 24 schools have been vandalised and 20 burnt down.

Last week children walked to school in casual wear fearing that their schools would be identified and torched by disgruntled residents.

Government is optimistic the matter can be resolved and sent a team of ministers to meet traditional leaders in the area.

Venda king, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, said he supported the protest, but not the arsons, adding that he wanted President Jacob Zuma to intervene.

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