Children in Bekkersdal not in school

By Drum Digital
28 October 2013

Children burning tyres not in school in Bekkersdal.

Children burning tyres not in school in Bekkersdal The matric class of 2013 start their final examinations todayand many children are in school. However in Bekkersdal Township, outside Westonaria, young children are spending their time in the streets. A group of children between six and 13 years old were seen setting tyres alight on Monday morning. Reports say between 30 and 50 children were burning tyres close to the entrance of the township. Earlier in the day, police broke up groups of children in school uniform and ordered them to go to school. The group that set fire to the tyres was not wearing uniform.

Violent protests in Bekkersdal over the past few days had affected schooling.

The provincial education department announced last week it had organised a special residential camp outside the area for matric pupils who started writing their final exams on Monday.

On Sunday, community leader Thabang Wesi said they did not want to disrupt the children's exams.

“We are suspending the protests and allowing schooling to continue and for the situation to return to normal in Bekkersdal,” said Wesi.

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- Picture: Eye Witness News

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