Mthethwa helps to get kids back to school

2012-09-04 12:12

Johannesburg - Children would attend school again in Olifantshoek in the Northern Cape, after Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa intervened, his office said on Tuesday.

Mthethwa was in the town to meet the community, who had demanded the mayor's resignation and accused her of corruption, said Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi in a statement.

"In the process of raising their [the community's] issues, learners were barred from attending schools and properties were burnt," said Mnisi.

"The fundamental issue is that learners must return to school. That is the ultimate goal of the minister's intervention. "

Mnisi said resolving the issues in the town was a collective effort.

"We have to say it was not an easy meeting, very tense, but the minister managed to calm the rowdy crowd and took charge," he said.

"He [Mthethwa] then requested that the community appoint people whom they trust so that they can raise and discuss their grievances in a peaceful and mature manner."

Following discussions chaired by Mthethwa, it was agreed a task team including community representatives, local government, education officials and police be formed to resolve tensions in the town.

"We remain hopeful of a speedy [resolution] and normalising of the situation," said Mnisi.

  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-04 12:26

    Well done Nathi... I can see you will be flying all around SA from now onwards as there are protests EVERYWHERE!!!! The ANC is too inept to run a country!

  • Conrad Janse van Rensburg - 2012-09-04 12:37

    Sorry, why is police minister involved? Good job by him, but is this his job?

  • keith.recore - 2012-09-04 12:38

    If there are positive results from this "task team", perhaps this will serve as a proper example of how to get things done and citizens will learn a proper resolve to protest without burning, destroying property and not disrupting children learning. Could this be a start of a "teaching" moment in protest with civil discourse followed by action?

  • Victoria - 2012-09-04 12:50

    Yes when one is dissatisfied one should destroy public property so that everyone can suffer. Why is the mentality of people in our society today? Its exhausting. Don't they realise its their tax money being used to build these buildings in the first place, oh no wait most of them don't pay tax... so its all the other tax payers hard work and money that gets trashed.

  • Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-09-04 12:58

    Well done Nyambose,Dingiswa keep it up

  • rock.jason.52 - 2012-09-04 13:09

    Among these kids they prevent to attend schools am sure their own kids are there and I don't know how it'll make them get what they want by destroying or prevent kids to attend schools.... Really south african society is reaching crucial stage of madness....

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-04 13:29

    That's 'leadership'. Why the Police Minister I don't know, but this is responsible leadership. Well done.

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-09-04 14:26

    That is a way to go minister ,to get you hands dirty. It doesn't have to be policing to know the right thing to do. The future of this country lay with our children. We can decide today if we want it to dark or bright ,by making sure that our children receive the best education now ,to be able to lead the country better equipped. Police should be doing programs with schools as part of crime prevention. I just hope this is not being do for the publicity for the next upcoming ANC presidential election in December, but even if that is the case good job and please spread this to other provinces. Only time will tell how genuine you are or not.

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