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Makhura urges Gauteng communities to safeguard schools

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned communities against directing their anger at government property.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura seen with one of the pupils at the newly built Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School in Soweto. Picture: @GautengProvince.

SOWETO - While the Gauteng Education Department is aiming to open a new school every month in the province, Premier David Makhura says communities need to safeguard infrastructure from criminals.

Makhura was speaking at the official opening of the newly built Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School in Soweto on Wednesday.

The premier has warned communities against directing their anger at the very government property which is meant to benefit residents.

Makhura says that while government works to accommodate the growing number of children in Gauteng schools, communities must also play their role.

“If you allow some protesters to burn down clinics and schools, you will not see a new primary school in your lifetime.”

Makhura says a number of schools will be built in this township and in others this year.

“This is not the last school we’re building. There are still four more schools we’re going to build in this area.”

Meanwhile, the Gauteng Education Department says despite over 30,000 children still without a school, the first day of the 2017 academic year went smoothly across the province.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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