Madonsela looks into Kuruman education issues

2012-09-22 20:05

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Olifant met the community of Kuruman in the Northern Cape in an effort to resolve the education crisis there, Madonsela's office said on Saturday.

On Friday, Madonsela and Olifant met traditional leaders, the transport and infrastructure committee of surrounding villages and the broader community, spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement. The meeting sought an undertaking that the children would resume schooling on Tuesday.

It also discussed progress on the sourcing of funds for building priority roads. Madonsela would look into what happened to the budget allocated to roads in the area.

A total of 41 schools in the province had closed because of high levels of intimidation and protests - not education-related - in mainly the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipal area. Pupils have not been attending school since June.

Residents there have been protesting about a lack of tarred roads and other municipal services.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-22 20:27

    So another generation gets excluded from an education to satisfy someone's political ambitions. There should be a law against keeping children from going to school.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-23 10:01

      As is too often the case these days, laws don't seem to stop people. Many of these kids have been placed in an army camp. What kind of culture do we live in where people have declared war on their own children?

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-09-23 13:30

      So people are protesting and co-opt children by intimidating them so that they stay away from education - the best tool which would equip them to break the cycle of poverty? Thought I had seen it all, but obviously not and only in South Africa would this be allowed to go on unchecked even when you have traditional leaders whose voices should have stopped this madness.

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 20:29

    I truly hope she can sort out the education. We really are in dire straits if we don't educate the kids. So please let's hope and help!

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-22 20:36

    'Behind the scenes' DA member will definitely sort this out.

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 20:41

    Trust me I wasn't counting on current government or the education department to sort it out. That would require that they actually do their jobs...

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-23 00:31

    I like Thuli she does her job well, she is a smart and concise woman, I will have her for president.

  • hein.helmand - 2012-09-23 09:36

    It's nice to look,me to i look,ewery bodie look.

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