Northern Cape schooling situation worsens

2012-09-13 18:07

Johannesburg - The schooling situation in the Northern Cape district municipality of John Taolo Gaetsewe has deteriorated, following an attempted petrol bombing, an official said on Thursday.

"It's worse. The petrol bomb intimidated more students and the turn-out at study camps [and schools] became worse...," said basic education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi.

"The mediators will be briefing the department tomorrow [Friday] as to the detailed situation, and what needs to be done to get kids back into school."

Lieutenant Andrea Cloete said the bomb did not strike the house at which it was thrown.

Lesufi said the house, in Olifantshoek, belonged to the parents of a school pupil.

A total of 41 of the 65 schools in the municipality have been closed since June because of intimidation.

Locals were protesting about a lack of tarred roads in the municipality.

Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said in a statement the situation required police intervention.

She said the DA would call on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to bring in extra police to put an end to the lawlessness in the area.

Lovemore said she had made numerous attempts to contact the Olifantshoek police station, but that her calls had gone unanswered.

  • mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-13 18:14

    Da is so stupid, clearly they don't understand S.A politics, is no wonder why they will never win.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 18:53

      Don't understand SA politics? I think you should remove the word 'politics' and replace it with 'uneducated, backward and primitive species'.

      AmbercrestBB - 2012-09-13 19:02

      F OFF

      Erna - 2012-09-13 21:22

      Unfortunately the only one stupid is you for condoning this violent behaviour. Freedom does not mean killing the people who disagree with you!

      Thumamina Kenneth Mabena - 2012-09-14 06:55

      You so gonna swallow your words, you have no idea what kind of a revolt is coming the ANC way soon. watch this space and remain arrogant in the meantime..

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-09-14 13:12

      DA is perhaps more interested in not having to find place in their Western Cape schools for education refugees from Northern Cape. Closing so many schools because of untarred roads? What has that got to do with education mampara? You are promoting another lost generation that will blame apartheid for their ignorance and joblessness. It is much nicer to play in the fields than go to school and learn even the truncated excuse for education that is being dished up in schools today. SA politics indeed! Laziness and lack of application more likely. Only in Africa will people vote so against their own interest and only people like you would encourage them. Think about the good of the children and not the sushi eaters.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-13 18:16

    Why is Ms Wiggy not talking to Ms Piggy? It is a shame. And the government who cries EE and Gender equality and all kinds of things is not worried, because they have the usual excuse. The blame it upon one............

  • SharonE - 2012-09-13 18:16

    I have never agreed with anything Julius has spouted, but the banana republic statement seems on the mark!

  • croix.mactee - 2012-09-13 19:32

    Yet- Mrs Angie Motshekga earns more than the president of France! The mind boggles .........

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-13 20:03

    Corporal punishment applied correctly surely can control and prevent miss behavior. Obedient kids understand parental guidance where some of the 'naughty ones' will benefit from one or two mean hidings. We got cuts for not passing a school test and that 'eina' medicine surely helped lots of 'boys will be boys' into life full of adventures.

  • Erna - 2012-09-13 21:11

    What type of people behave like this? And even more amazing is that there are often no consequences.

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