President Jacob Zuma has condemned burning of the schools in Vuwani, Limpopo, saying the law enforcement agency has been ordered to find the perpetrators.
22 schools have been vandalised by protesting community members who are demanding to remain in the Makhado Municipality.
Zuma condemned the vandalism of infrastructure, during his response to the Presidency's budget vote debate.
Meanwhile, EFF, ACDP, FF PLUS, COPE, UDM, NFP and PAC were not present in parliament.
Leader of the opposition party, Mmusi Maimane said opposition parties are boycotting the President's speech because they cannot in good conscience legitimise the “empty speech” of an illegitimate president.
Listen to Stephen Grootes speaking to Gaye Davis about what happened in parliament.