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MPs debate learner transport

Opposition MPs have raised concerns over learner transport in the Western Cape.

At least 14 children died in a bus crash in Rheenendal in 2011. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The issue of school learner transport in the Western Cape sparked heated debates in the provincial legislature on Thursday.

Friday marks the one year anniversary of the Rheenedal bus tragedy in which 14 children were killed including the bus driver.

MPs repeatedly raised their concerns over learner transport.

ANC Member of Parliament (PM) Millicent Tingwe took Democratic Alliance (DA) counterparts on in the legislature about school transport.

She accused Premier Helen Zille of being out of touch with the reality of the situation.

"Are you spending too much campaigning for the DA instead of focussing on the problems facing your own province?" she asked.

Zille did not rise to the occasion.

"The answer is no."

Another opposition MP mentioned an incident, where 350 pupils from an 0udsthoorn primary school, were absent for an entire day because of problems with their bus transport.

Meanwhile, the investigation report from the Rheenendal tragedy found no one can be held responsible for the incident.

On Thursday, provincial Education MEC Donald Grant announced his department would be increasing its financial assistance to poor schools.

The department will give R1,010 to learners in need.

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