Efforts to reopen NC schools underway

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will make an announcement on the matter today.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will make an announcement on the matter today. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department believes a breakthrough has been made in an effort to reopen more than 50 schools in the Northern Cape.

Some 17,000 pupils haven't been to school in the Kuruman region for more than two months.

A rogue community group is behind the closures.

It's calling for roads to be tarred before pupils are allowed back into the classroom.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says Minister Angie Motshekga will be making an announcement involving the matter today.

"Today the minister is going there to just finalise the details of those negotiations prior the meeting. She will then make an important announcement that will give direction in terms of what's going to happen as from tomorrow."

Administration offices at four schools were set alight following closure of schools in the region.

A community group known as the Local Road Forum prevented children from attending school until roads were fixed in the area.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) laid criminal charges against protesters who forced the closure of the schools.

The party said the actions of the group are criminal and need to be addressed.