Over 27 000 pupils blocked from attending school amid renewed Vuwani shutdown

The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that over 27 000 Limpopo pupils were unable to attend school on Tuesday following a renewed shut down in Vuwani.

The Department of Basic Education says this is worrisome.

Pelane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

EWN's Pelane Phakgadi reports that almost 2 000 matriculants have been affected by the latest demonstrations led by the pro-Makhado task team.

Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says if the shut down exceeds a month, it will cost the department millions in catch-up programmes, Phakgadi explains.

Residents are demanding that the Municipal Demarcation Board redetermines boundaries in the area.

Last year, 30 schools were either burnt or vandalised when residents embarked on a 4-month long protest over the same issue.

Community members in Vuwani have vowed not to back down until their grievances over unresolved demarcation issues are dealt with.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

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