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'N.Cape education situation getting worse'

The situation in the N.Cape, where communities are refusing to allow schools to open, is getting worse.

School books.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department on Thursday said the situation in the Northern Cape where communities are refusing to allow 41 schools to open is getting worse.

Officials said they were now so desperate that they were asking for anyone who has moral authority to help mediate the situation.

Community members said they will only allow 16,000 children to return to class when government builds a tarred road to the area.

Basic Education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said they still have not managed to find a solution to the problem.

"The situation is getting worse. I call on South Africans come forward and assist us in resolving the issues in the Northern Cape."

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has not visited the area due to "the high level of intimidation and disruptions."

The schools have been closed since June.

The Democratic Alliance on Thursday laid criminal charges against those responsible.

The DA wants the matter to be investigated so that children can be allowed to go back to school.