21 held for Vuwani violence to appear in court

2016-05-08 20:39
School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

School that was set alight during protests in Vuwani, Limpopo. (News24 Correspondent)

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Polokwane – Twenty-one people, arrested in connection with the torching of schools, buildings and cars in Vuwani and surrounds during a municipal boundary dispute, were expected to appear in the Malamulele Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, said the arrests came after 24 schools were damaged in Vuwani, Levubu and Hlangani in Limpopo over the past week.

Twenty of the schools were burnt while four were damaged.

Tribal offices, a satellite police station and the Post Office at Mashau village were also torched and vehicles damaged.

Police were monitoring the situation and said more arrests were expected.

Minister of State Security David Mahlobo has been among security officials who have been in the area to try and quell the unrest.

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.

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