The shutdown in Vuwani has been temporarily lifted after a week of learners missed school due to a total shutdown in the area, says EWN reporter, Pelani Phakgadi.
Community members have been demanding that President Jacob Zuma fulfil the promises he made earlier this year. Among their demands is that basic services should be run by the district municipality.
Now, the shutdown, which began in Monday, was lifted at midday on Friday to allow residents to buy essential goods and to allow funerals to go ahead.
The shutdown will resume on Sunday at midday.
We also understand that learners might miss another set of schooling come Monday and those in Grade 12 might miss writing their preliminary exams.— Pelani Phakgadi, EWN reporter
Phakgadi says the Limpopo spokesperson for education said that there are no plans in place to help the learners write exams. They can only come up with plans once the situation is calm, he adds.
Learners are stuck at home with nothing to do and the department of education has no alternative plans for learners to write their exams elsewhere.— Pelani Phakgadi, EWN reporter
There is a strong police presence in the area to make sure no violence erupts, says Phakgadi. The police are also preventing community member from meeting in large groups.
To hear the rest of the interview, listen below: