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KZN pupils cross river to get to school

2013-01-17 11:33

Durban - Pupils at Ekhamanzi CP School near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal have to wade across a river to get to school every day, the Witness newspaper reported on Thursday.

The river does not have a bridge so children have to take off their shoes and sometimes uniforms as they cross the river.

Grade 4 pupil Sphesihle Mdunge said pupils were getting used to the danger.

"Every time we go to school, we have to take off our clothes and cross the river. Sometimes our shoes and trousers get swept away. Even some children get swept away," Mdunge was quoted as saying by the Witness.

At least 200 of the 500 pupils cross the river every day. When the pupils returned to school on Wednesday they found that storms during the holidays had left at least five classrooms without roofs, and the Grade 1 prefab and administration block was damaged.

Grade 1 pupils had to be accommodated at a nearby crèche.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said there were many schools in the province which faced the same problem.

"Our duty is to negotiate with the department of transport and they must also work with budgets," Mchunu said.

Comments
  • Tiyani - 2013-01-17 11:44

    Nkandla R248 mil saga comes to mind again. This outrageous! Better life for all in our life time

      jackal666.daniel - 2013-01-17 12:40

      Not to mention the road to his compound!

      Gordon20 - 2013-01-17 13:01

      I heard the department is going to move the school to the other side of the river!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-17 11:46

    How awful. How long must this still last while those in office live in luxury and their children are taken to school every morning in cars?.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-01-17 11:49

    R250 million can come handy in this regard.

  • ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-01-17 11:56

    My Marxist tools of analysis tell me a bridge of some kind is in order. Communities need to organise.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-01-17 14:05

      No point waiting for the government or capitalists to do it for them. Organise or starve.

  • warren.rodel - 2013-01-17 11:56

    ANC must build a bridge

      susan.paul.330 - 2013-01-17 12:32

      No bridges please, Julius will get the tender..

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-01-17 11:56

    Bridges in rural areas in general especially around Loskop are in a poor/dangerous condition

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2013-01-17 11:57

    not to worry, the 'blue light' X5's should get through unhindered

  • hetty.oliver - 2013-01-17 12:07

    It is time the KZN Municipalities got their act together, this is outrageous in this day and age!

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-17 12:10

    Sorry kids, you wont get your bridge. All that money has been spent on Nkandla. You'll have to wait till the next financial year.

  • tolo.maano - 2013-01-17 12:17

    I dnt think we should worry about thise kids or kzn ppl they willl die 4 zuma....they use to that life ....I dnt care about them since Will I knw zuma dnt care about them so y should I bother

  • ntsanen - 2013-01-17 12:31

    kids have to swim to get education while "Daddy" is renovating.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-01-17 12:32

    Let them cross, its KZN our tax cant afford to build a 5million bridge but a 200million zumaville.

  • chris.khanye - 2013-01-17 12:42

    Because of traditionalized corruption - R250m spent to satisfy a individual unsurpassed opulence. I'm not counting the money used to upgrade the road to this particular individual. Today we still have children attending school under the trees, dilapidated buildings, no ablution facilities and having to cross rivers on foot just to get an opportunity in life. But this is to be expected where a popular revolution has been hijacked by demagogues. This is to be expected where citizens simply abdicated their social and political responsibility. This is to be expected in a country where Civil Power has been surrendered to the Ruling Elite. Institutionalized, democratized and traditionalized corruption is to blame for flushing the future of most children down the river - yet the children of the ruling elite are chauffeur driven to elite private education. The children of KZN Greytown aren't the only victims of populists - political Izikhothane!

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-17 12:43

    I am sure zuma will take a bond on his bond less house and build a bridge. Sad that children that have nothing to do with political matters have to swim to school though.

  • jamey.webber - 2013-01-17 12:49

    Ow come on, instead of the Government spending the countries money on themselves, give our youth a chance to be someone better. Put our money to EDUCATION, least then we could have an educated Government (Hopefully).

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2013-01-17 13:37

    This is insane. Children's lives are at stake and Mchunu acts this way. Our dearest president lives in luxury and children suffer. Nice living in SA.

  • sunshiny.day.1447 - 2013-01-17 14:24

    I would so love to hear how the likes of JZ try justify this. Saying that there are many problems and that other schools face the same problem doesn't actually help very much. I do hope the new Finance Minister actually does something right with the budget.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2013-01-17 14:31

    is there a way we can take this matter or concern to jz??mybe he will sacrifies 15% of INKANDLA FUNDING,

  • logikal1971 - 2013-01-17 15:54

    I am soooo glad they used the word pupil.... not learner. Shocking conditions that these pupils have to go through to get to school...

      jerome.rothman - 2013-01-17 16:32

      If I had a few millions I would pay to build at least a rope bridge. These kids should be awarded for there hunger to be educated even if they have to swim. I wish I had the money to make a difference in their lives. At the end its going to be upto civil society. I commend these children.They could have just stayed home.

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