- Parents and pupils have blocked off Old Faure Road with chairs during a protest over school placements.
- Parents are demanding that the Western Cape education department provide their children with places in schools.
- According to the department, the children are now being held at ransom.
A group of parents and pupils took to the streets to block off Old Faure Road with chairs, demanding that the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) provide their children with placement in proper schools.
Angry parents, whose children have been schooled at the "illegal" Empumelelweni Primary School in Eerste River, blocked off roads on Monday, urging the WCED to place their children in schools or to recognise the illegal school they currently attend.
The protest action comes a few days after the department promised it would place the remaining pupils at schools.
Education MEC Debbie Schafer said they had found spaces for 117 unplaced pupils at different schools.
"Unfortunately, despite this agreement, it seems that a number of individuals are willing to continue to exploit children by demanding that this illegal school be recognised," said Schafer.
She added that their demands continued to relate to the employment of educators at the illegal school.
Disgruntled parents lined Old Faure Road, chanting and singing struggle songs.
She said this was a very sad situation which had to end.
According to the Constitution, everyone has the right to primary education, including adult basic education and further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make available and accessible.