Motshekga visits embattled Northern Cape

2012-09-18 16:52

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told principles and members of school governing bodies in the Kuruman district to go back to their communities and convince them to reopen schools closed down by residents to force the authorities to meet their demands.

Motshekga, who was due to visit the area last week, first visited Barkly West today, where matriculants from the area are attending a camp to tackle curriculum backlogs. From there she travelled to Kuruman to meet principals and members of SGBs of the affected schools.

More than 40 schools have been closed down.

Motshekga did not visit Olifantshoek where three schools were closed down and the house of a Grade 12 learner was petrol-bombed.
Residents in the Kuruman district are demanding tarred roads while those in Olifantshoek demand the resignation of their mayor.

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