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MEC to discuss school disruptions in protests-hit areas

GDE says it's deeply concerned that schooling is disrupted during protests.

Police Nyala's patrolled the streets of Daveyton on 19 August 2014 as protestors took to the streets over poor service delivery. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has requested a meeting with community leaders and parents in the protest-hit areas of Daveyton and Riverlea.

On Wednesday, the department said schooling in Daveyton had been disrupted during a protest over land.

Demonstrations began on Monday with burning tyres thrown on the streets along with debris to disrupt police operations.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he's deeply concerned that protesters included school children.

He has urged parents to step in.

"It's just unfortunate that in some instances people openly tell us to our face that without children, their protest won't have an impact. That it will only have an impact if it disrupts schooling."

Scores of residents brought the township to a standstill on Tuesday when they blocked roads with burning tyres, storm water drain covers and road signs.