ANC slams Vuwani residents' plan to shut down schools

2017-04-17 17:16
A woman walks on the outskirts of Vuwani as police vehicles are seen patrolling the area. (AFP)

A woman walks on the outskirts of Vuwani as police vehicles are seen patrolling the area. (AFP)

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Limpopo - The ANC in Limpopo has rejected a planned shutdown in Vuwani against the Municipal Demarcation Board's decision to incorporate the area into LIM 345, a new municipality. 

ANC provincial secretary Nocks Seabi said the planned shutdown, meant to start on Tuesday, and driven by a group of residents, had clearly targeted school children. 

"We call on the people of Vuwani to go to work and school children to go to school. Let us not allow our children to be robbed of their future because of matters which must be solved outside the classroom."

Earlier this month, a school administration block was burnt down, four days after fresh violence erupted in Vuwani over the boundary dispute.

The Tshirhunzanani Primary School in Vuwani’s Vyeboom section was torched days after the demarcation board rejected the community's appeal to review its decision.

Further protests were thwarted by police.

The ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC) had established a task team to specifically work on the Vuwani issue, Seabi said.

"This is the team which has been working around the clock during the Easter holiday in order to save the future of our children who must be allowed to go to school and learn. 

"The ANC shall continue to engage with all stakeholders, including traditional leaders, civic structures and religious leaders in order to find a lasting peaceful solution in Vuwani," Seabi added.

The ANC said, while it respected the right of society to challenge decisions of any institution, "we do not support hooliganism, intimidation, violence,  destruction of property and the targeting of schools in community protests".

Community leaders were reported to be meeting on Monday to discuss a plan of action.

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