The reason for the vandalism is still unknown as the Department of Basic Education confirms that another secondary school was set alight last night.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that fire fighters and law enforcement agencies worked late to fight the blaze at Mugoidwa Secondary School.
The school is located at Tshivulana Village in Vuwani, Limpopo.
Department of Basic Education in a statement said the torching of the school happened “despite an agreement reached that schooling in the area would return to normal this morning.”
Adding that “all schools will open as planned and Limpopo Education Department officials will be on hand to assist learners from Mugoidwa Secondary,” the department related that “it is unclear at this stage what the cost and extent of the damage to the school is.”
Sometime in April, Vuwani residents torched numerous schools. They did that to protest against the merging of Vuwani municipality with parts of Malamulele municipality.
Records say almost 53,ooo student were left without a school after the protest.
Meanwhile, the learners in Vuwani are expected to return to school today as the education department completed the preparations for that the previous week.
Speaking about the recent development, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga remarked that she’s shocked another school has been torched.
As expected, she warned that the destruction of schooling properties can’t be tolerated. The Minister called on crime fighters to act quickly and apprehend the culprits.
“The act of destroying a school” she said, “is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
Not only are these criminals damaging state property worth millions of Rands that the tax payer will have to fund. They are (also) holding the lives of these learners to ransom and putting the future of our children in jeopardy.”
With that, she called on the community to help protect schools at all cost.