Kuruman pupils to go back to school

A series of service delivery protests saw Kuruman schools close in June.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Pictures: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant met the community of Kuruman in the Northern Cape on Saturday in an effort to resolve the education crisis in the area.

Many schools were forced to close in June this year because pupils and teachers were being intimidated during a series of protests.

Residents are also up in arms over the lack of tarred roads.

The meeting sought an undertaking that children would resume schooling on Tuesday.

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said, "The deputy minister also made a commitment that of the 130km prioritised road, 40 will be constructed."

On Wednesday Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga appealed to parents in Kuruman to allow children to go to return to school. She also visited the area, where children have been barred from attending school by residents who are demanding a tarred road.

She asked for schools to re-open urgently and added that more police will be deployed to both areas to stabilise the situation.

Motshekga emphasised that parents must not stand in the way of their children and urged the community to allow their children to go back to school so teachers can salvage what is left of the school term.