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Northern Cape battling to reopen schools

Northern Cape officials are still struggling to reopen about 41 schools that were shut down by protesters.

Teacher Felix Gamakhulu teaches social sciences and history at Qunu Junior Secondary School, which Mandela attended at its old location, a few hundred metres away. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Northern Cape government is still struggling to reopen about 41 schools that were shut down in June.

Angry community members prevented children from attending school until a local mayor offered to resign.

They were also calling for tarred road in the area.

Last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited the area in an attempt to talk to the community.

The situation quickly got out of hand and the minister only spoke with several community representatives.

A task team has since been set up to addressed their concerns.

Education officials appealed to residents of Olifantshoek and Kuruman to allow both children and teachers to return to the classroom.

Education spokesperson Sydney Stander said, "The future of the children is at stake.

"We call on protesters to realise the irreversible harm and damage that they are causing to the children and their future."