Kuruman pupils back in class after ‘no road no school’ protest

2014-09-22 12:28

Pupils in Kuruman in the Northern Cape returned to school this morning after months of protests and disruptions to get a new road built.

The province’s basic education spokesperson Ohentse Stander confirmed that pupils returned to school this morning after a meeting yesterday, in which “a decision was taken by parents to let children return to school”.

A group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June demanding 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.

In that month, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas’ spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said the tender to tar the road was opened on June 12 and closed on July 18.

In July, the administration blocks of some schools in the area were set alight.

In August, national basic education spokesperson Troy Martens said 16 000 pupils from 54 schools in different villages were affected. Of these 496 were matriculants.

Pupils had not been to school since June 4.

SABC news reported early in September that according to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters construction on the tar road would start in two weeks.

Peters’ spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said he would check whether work had started.

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