Modise: North West pupils ordered back to school

2014-04-13 18:10
Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Pupils who have missed classes because of violent protests in the North West will be able to return to school on Monday, Premier Thandi Modise said.

"The situation in Bloemhof, Bodibe village and Itsoseng is calm following our engagement with stakeholders and protesters who have agreed to give our interventions a chance," she said in a statement on Sunday.

"Regrettably the violence has cost much in terms of a life lost, destruction of private and public properties for which those behind the orchestrated violence should be held responsible."

Protests started in Boitumelong, near Bloemhof, last week week. On Monday, residents blocked the N12 and set alight a municipal office, community hall, houses belonging to the mayor, two councillors and two officials, and several businesses.

By Tuesday, the protest had spilled over to Coverdale in Christiana, where a community hall was torched. Residents were demanding the removal of their entire municipal council and to fall under a different municipality.

Modise said reports that political leaders were involved in coordinating and instigating violence was worrying.

"Those who have hijacked genuine community concerns to plunge our communities into chaos in pursuit of personal interests without regard for the future of the thousands of our children, the life lost and properties destroyed, will have to face the full might of the law," she said.

- SAPA
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