Northern Cape school violence: matric’s house bombed

2012-09-13 08:58

Violence has again erupted in the Northern Cape town of Olifantshoek when protesters bombed the house of a grade 12 pupil.

A resident, who does not want to be named, said residents were angry because “only certain matriculants were invited to a[n education] camp in Keimoes”.

He said the Northern Cape department of education took some matriculants to the camp on Sunday.

“Some of the learners, however, returned yesterday after their parents demanded that they come back. The parents feel that the department is only doing the camp to save their reputation”.

Violent protests during which three schools – a high school and two primary schools – were closed down have sporadically erupted in Olifantshoek over the past three months.

Three houses, several cars and the library in town were torched by residents who are demanding the resignation of the mayor, Maria Diniza.

This town forms part of the John Taolo Gaetsewe district, where more than 40 schools have been shut amid protests and intimidation.

Matric pupils from the rest of the district are attending an education camp in Barkley West, near Kimberley.
Residents in the area are demanding tarred access roads.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to visit the province this week to intervene in the crisis.

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