Stop punishing Kuruman pupils for state’s failure – Thuli Madonsela

2014-09-08 08:34

Public protector Thuli Madonsela has called for a campaign aimed at getting pupils in Kuruman in the Northern Cape to go back to school.

“The women of Kuruman should step up and stand out as the voice of reason to influence and inspire others to appreciate that while the government’s alleged failure to keep a promise may be wrong and possibly constitute maladministration, holding children at ransom and denying them an education is worse than wrong,” Madonsela said yesterday.

Madonsela addressed female lawyers as the breakfast guest of Kingdom House of the Dominion Christian Centre, in Bloemfontein on Saturday. She called on patriotic South Africans to do all they could to get the children of Kuruman back to school immediately.

A group calling themselves the road forum began protesting in June. They demanded that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred. The protesters barred pupils and staff from going to school to get the attention of the authorities.

That month, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas said the tender to tar the road was opened on June 12 and closed on July 18.

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