No arrest in school intimidation case yet

2012-09-08 20:15

Johannesburg - No arrest has been made since the Democratic Alliance laid criminal charges against those preventing pupils from attending Northern Cape schools, Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said on Saturday.

"We demand that those behind the organised intimidation of school-children be arrested immediately," she said in a statement.

"Where the police force is failing to ensure the constitutional right to safety and dignity for so many, then a provincial government must act decisively."

The case was opened at the Transvaal Road police station in Kimberley on Thursday, according to the Sunday Times.

A total of 41 of the 65 schools in the Johan Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality, which includes Kuruman, have been closed since June because of residents intimidating children. Locals had been protesting over a lack of tarred roads in the municipality.

An 18-page report, compiled by an education task team, was handed to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on the situation last Monday.

De Lille claimed that three schools had been burnt down.

She said hundreds of learners were relocated to an army camp and others to a secure location.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-08 21:58

    How can failure to educate the children be accepted for this long already. Act swiftly, these children need to write exams and have a future ahead. Act to make it a bright future. Damn anyone who prevents an education. Let them rot in jail, it's worse than stealing.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-09 07:06

      Education is the ANC's biggest enemy. Educated people ask questions and analise, the uneducated follow blindly.

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-09-09 03:10

    Of course the DA needs to do it because angie is overseas at a conference and in any case, education isn't really as important to her as defending black men's dignity at art galleries!

  • mosimanegapepatrick - 2012-09-09 03:36

    this thing is simple, service delivery is key.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-09 07:05

    If you burn down your school you will get no education which means in the workplace you can choose between maid, gardener or manual laborer. If you don't understand this the you will be part of another lost generation. The ANC burnt down schools in the old days, nothing has changed.

  • mlondozi - 2012-09-09 08:45

    This does not make sense! If you want to improve your lot in life then STOP burning down schools and intimidating learners from being educated. This must be part of the ANC's master plan to keep people uneducated in order to retain voters. 18 years of democracy which translated roughly into 6 fresh matric harvests (assuming they started school at 6 years) and NOTHING to show for it... SAD! Hard work, determination, courage, dedication and INTEGRITY=SUCCESS!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-09 09:32

    Education is the real key to economic freedom. It can't be taken away and will sustain itself. Destruction only guarantees lost opportunity and perpetuates ignorance. This is exactly what your leaders want. Pol Pot did the same thing.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-09 19:12

    Honestly why bother leave them to their own devices. Educate your own children. If the majority like their children uneducated then so be it. Goodness knows we have tried to tell them but striking and protesting comes first. Then they wonder why the youth cant get jobs. You sow what you reap, so leave them worry about your family.

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