NFP welcomes opening of Kuruman schools

2014-09-27 22:55
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Kimberly - The NFP welcomed on Saturday the opening of schools in the Kuruman area, in the Northern Cape, following months of disruptions due to protests.

"The NFP applauds the reopening of 50 Northern Cape schools that were closed as result of parents blocking the 100km untarred road," National Freedom Party secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa said in a statement.

"It is unfortunate that lack of service delivery has impacted the life of the 16 000 pupils and 50 schools very badly, and now, they will lag behind in everything throughout their schooling career."

The province's basic education department said pupils returned to school on Monday.

A group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting in June demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred.

The protesters barred pupils and staff from going to school to get the attention of the authorities. In that month, Northern Cape premier Sylvia Lucas's spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said the tender to tar the road was opened on 12 June and closed on 18 July.

In July, the administration blocks of some schools in the area were set alight. Pupils had not been to school since 4 June.

Khubisa said the disruptions caused to the pupils' schooling could result in some of them resenting school.

"Others might develop a negative attitude towards school, and, with others, it might mean a distortion and derailment of their schooling career and their lives."

He said what happened should serve as a lesson to say that if government departments and municipalities do not service the people within their jurisdiction, it would evoke the people's anger and apathy.

"People will lose hope and eventually go overboard and destroy government property or do what is inevitable, that is the blocking of roads as it happened in the Northern Cape, Bekkersdal [in Gauteng] and other places," he said.

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