Strike closes 23 Western Cape schools

2012-03-08 12:31

VIDEO: Cosatu march

2012-03-07 15:20

Thousands of people wearing bright red and yellow attire turned out to support Cosatu’s nationwide protest against labour brokering and e-tolls. WATCH

Cape Town - The mass protest action by Cosatu forced 23 schools in the Western Cape to close, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times quoted education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson as saying the problem of students staying away was particularly evident in the city centre.

"We received reports of absenteeism at some of our 'commuter' schools... due to transport arrangements being affected," Bronagh Casey said.

She added that the majority of provincial schools were unaffected.

Congress of SA Students president Bongani Mani on Tuesday called for teachers and pupils to participate in protests.

Grant hit back at the call, saying it was irresponsible to keep children away from their future through education.

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