The Basic Education Department says that the education of 100 000 learners has been affected as a consequence of violent municipal demarcation protests in Vuwani, Limpopo.
50 schools have been shut down and at least 17 set alight since the protests erupted on Monday.
EWN's Govan Whittles explains that Vuwani residents want the village to remain under the Makhado Municipality.
Community members took to the streets after the High Court dismissed their application to reverse the municipal demarcation board’s decision to include them in a new municipality.
On Monday we saw the protests intensify. They started with burning down the schools, blockading the roads and stoning the cars (travelling on the main road leading to the villages).— Govan Whittles, EWN reporter
Whittles says that community members have resolved not to speak to any media officials.
He describes the scene at the torched Vuzani Secondary School, which has been completely gutted.