Gugulethu scholars affected by protests
School children have complained they’re falling behind due to ongoing protests in the area.
JOHANNESBURG - School pupils in Gugulethu on the East Rand say they are falling behind with their school work because of instability in their informal settlement.
On Monday residents blocked roads with burning tyres, demanding basic services.
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials were also unable to access the area to conduct special voting, which has been taking place around the country between Monday and today.
As police try to maintain calm in the volatile community after a day of violent protests, one pupil says the demonstrations are affecting schooling.
"Buses were not allowed. We had to go back home. These things are affecting us because we're falling behind at school."
A woman, who prefers not to be named for fear of victimisation, says residents will stay away from voting on Wednesday because they've been disappointed by the government.
"Everything is at a standstill here. That's the reason people are angry and they have decided not to go and vote at all."
Residents have declared Gugulethu a no-go area for IEC officials and have vowed to disrupt voting if it takes place.
Angry residents in Guguglethu informal settlement torched and damaged the offices of Community Policing Forum in the East Rand. Pictures: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
Disgruntled community members torched an IEC tent and a building belonging to Transnet and the Community Policing Forum on Monday.