More police for N Cape school protests

2012-09-14 11:45

Kimberley - A bigger police presence with 24-hour patrols and air support was destined for the Northern Cape school protest areas, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Friday.

Schools in the Olifantshoek, Kuruman and Kathu areas had been disrupted for the past four months due to public protests in the areas.

The newspaper reports matrics from Olifantshoek, where three schools were closed for the past four months, had been moved to a hostel at Keimoes where they live and study.

In the Kuruman area 41 schools were closed.

More police vehicles from Pretoria would also be deployed.

The report stated that Northern Cape Safety MEC Patrick Mabilo said on Thursday more police had been deployed to the Kuruman and Kathu areas.

He said the protests were about much more than service delivery.

"Heartless criminals use the situation for their own self-centred aims," he was quoted in the report.

He said no intimidation would be tolerated any more, and communities were urged to come forward to the police when it happens.

Mabilo said the government had no choice but to put pressure on the areas to stabilise the region, because residents were sick and tired of the situation.

Altogether 14 people had been arrested for damage to property in the past four months, while 58 were arrested for public violence.

Police were also looking for those responsible who burnt down three schools in Kuruman.

Mabilo said recently there had been a decrease in the incidents of public violence and destruction of property.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-14 12:00

    Why is that schools only get burnt down in "previously disadvantaged" areas so that can become even more disadvantaged? - 2012-09-14 12:21

      Burn down and vandalize everything around you, dump text books like garbage AND threaten your employers with death (Marikana), if all else fails hack them to death with pangas... this is the "majority rule" success stories, what the struggle was all about, this is what they wanted to achieve with liberation from apartheid...mind-blowing!!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-14 12:47

      In the"apartheid" days they did the same. Now that they have a "democracy" they are still doing it. The genes of destruction remain. The white kids are still studying and getting their grades while the "disadvantaged(?) are becoming more disadvantaged. It's an African thing!

  • handy.andy.773 - 2012-09-14 12:08

    South Africa is burning, and JZ says our service delivery is great! I wonder when will voters connect the dots and figure out that who you vote for is directly related to service delivery?

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-14 12:13

    Come election time and these same protesters will vote anc because they were given food packs and t-shirts in the run-up to the election. How easily they sell their children's right to education.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-14 12:27

    In a effort to send more NC educational refugees to the WC

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-09-14 12:37

    Send the army not police. Those clowns are at war and only the army can fight a war - they don't know where to buy rubber bullets and teargas!

  • frederick.frier - 2012-09-14 12:48

    @ azanian.....this is true what Jock says, but I don't think you have the common sense or the brain cells to realize this.Try and vote for someone who will give you decent services and stop acting like a retard!!!!.

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-14 12:54

      I think the average retarded person is actually a lot more intelligent than our friend the azanian...

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