Situation calm after school protest

2011-02-18 14:10

Port Elizabeth - The situation was calm the day after schoolchildren protested and set tyres alight outside the Kuyga Intermediate School in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

"They were complaining because there were no ablutions or water," Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said.

She said children were toyi-toying in front of the school and burning tyres on Thursday, but when police arrived at about 11:00 the situation was brought under control.

"Police suggested to the principal to close the school for the day so they could discuss their problems with the department of education to find a solution."

No one was reported injured during the protest.

Racial tensions

She said she could not comment on reports that the protest was fuelled by racial tension.

The Herald Online reported on Friday that children as young as 7-years-old participated in the protest action.

It reported that there was racial tension between coloured and black pupils and their parents, apparently because there were more Xhosa-speaking than Afrikaans-speaking teachers at the dual medium school.

Children, armed with stones and sticks, protested while parents hurled racial insults at each other.

Locked inside

At one stage, black pupils and parents locked themselves inside the school while coloured parents and pupils protested outside.

Parent Bianca Smith said she believed coloured children were being marginalised at the school.

"The way we are being marginalised is totally unacceptable. They are taking us back to the days of apartheid. Our kids have just as much right to be educated as theirs."

Police managed to calm protesters down and the children extinguished the burning tyres.

The police cleared the gates to allow teachers to leave the school safely.

Education spokesperson Mali Mtima said members of the district department would visit the school to assess the situation.

  • The Observer - 2011-02-18 14:30

    See. This is what the ANC is teaching the children. Good luck SA.

  • Ni-hao - 2011-02-18 14:41

    I blame the parents! You should go to school to learn. Not toy toy. Gues the first words that they all teach there kids are "jou ma se p*es". All these parents should be ashamed of themselves! Gues that want the teacher of their choice for their kids and they don't even pay school fees. Another bunch of "the goverment she must give me". Wake up South Africa. Nothing in life is for free!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-02-18 14:51

    . . . children as young as 7-years-old participated in the protest action. ======== Following in the footsteps of their fathers, I see. Maybe they'll vote for a decent government when they turn 18. But I don't have high hopes.

  • ji - 2011-02-18 14:58

    taught to act like barbarians at school already and then they want to know why no one has respect for them - 2011-02-18 15:25

      If I had tried to do this in my day I don't think I'll be alive today. I remember getting 6 cuts and two weeks detention for lighting a tom-thumb firecracker on school property.

  • The Observer - 2011-02-18 15:03

    Winnie, 7 years old and burning tyres. You are truely the mother of the nation.

  • warr - 2011-02-18 15:21

    Burning up their futures. “Keep on doing what you’re doing, and you’ll keep on getting what you’re getting”

  • Ingie - 2011-02-18 15:22

    And this is what we are paying towards. Schooling, toy toying, etc. I wont donate one cent to any this space next the school will be burnt down and funds set aside to build new ones. They are pathetic, ruthless and mad.I do agree that with no water, toilets etc is disgusting, but do they have to go to such great lengths as to burn tyres etc. Shows you sins of the father gets passed down from generation to generation. VIVA VOTE ANC....YOU MAY GET TO HEAVEN...Poor delivery yet once again.

  • mmdmm - 2011-02-18 15:27

    This is what you people voted for - vote ANC - get empty promises.

  • Riaan - 2011-02-18 16:04

    Tomorrow's Article on news24: "Schoolchildren protest due to the shortage of tires to burn; to protest against pass marks".

  • KaiinSA - 2011-02-18 16:37

    Well Mr Zuma, its like they say the apple never falls far from the tree and nor do gauvas come to think of it.

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