ANC supporters protest WC school closures

Dozens of ANC supporters have called on Helen Zille to halt the planned school closures.

Dozens of ANC supporters ON 16 July 2012 called on Premier Helen Zille to halt the planned school closures in the Western Cape. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of ANC supporters on Monday gathered outside the Western Cape Legislature demanding Premier Helen Zille address them on the pending closure of 27 schools.

The demonstrators want her to halt the process with immediate effect.

Earlier in 2012, the Western Cape Education Department said it wanted to close down the schools due to dwindling figures and poor performance.

During Monday's protest, demonstrators called on Education MEC Donald Grant to step down.

Protesters said the move would lead to instability for learners, teachers and parents.

But Grant said teachers would not lose their jobs.

He also said the department would follow proper procedures before making any decision.

In June, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) met with the affected teachers and parents to discuss the way forward.

The federation threatened to strike and take legal action if the closures went ahead.