Cosas apologises to JHB vendors

Stalls were looted and destroyed during last week’s mass march by Cosas in the Joburg CBD.

FILE: Pupils gather outside the Gauteng Legislature during a protest demanding better quality education. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has formally apologised to vendors in Johannesburg's city centre who had their stalls looted and destroyed during last week's mass march.

Several informal traders were robbed of their goods near the Gauteng legislature when Cosas led a protest by thousands of pupils through the CBD.

The march was held to highlight the shortage of learning materials, security issues, the prevalence of drug addiction and teenage pregnancy in high schools.

Gauteng education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said MEC Panyaza Lesufi condemns the violent behaviour of some of the learners.

Last week, the protesting pupils threatened to make township schools ungovernable if their quality of education was not improved.