Grabouw protests: Pupils prevented from writing exams

Frustrated leaners have called on members of the community to stop the violent protests.

FILE: Protesters in Grabouw in the Western Cape demonstrate over the lack of housing, poor and expensive electricity supply and bad road conditions, Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - A matric student in Grabouw fears her results and future will be affected by the violent protests in the Overberg town.

It's been a tense few days with violent clashes sparked by a protest over a lack of housing and service delivery.

At least one protestor was arrested and a police officer injured.

Some Grabouw residents say their children have been unable to go to school due to the risks posed by the violent protests this week.

A matric learner says she's been unable to write her examinations due to the protests.

"I'm so confused because I needed to write two papers and I didn't. But how can I because if our school is closed? People don't seem to think of the consequences, they are playing with my future here."

She says this will definitely affect her end of the year results.

The community now stands divided, with some residents calling for an end to the ongoing demonstrations as it's preventing some of their children from going to school.

Many locals said they just want normality to return to their community.

Earlier, police fired rubber bullets at a group of Grabouw residents during a third day of clashes between locals and police.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd near the N2 highway who were throwing stones at them.

Rocks have been placed along several roads in the area.

Western Cape traffic services say sporadic violent protests in the area are having a disastrous effect on motorists travelling through the community.

SABOTAGE

There have also been allegations the protests may be politically motivated with some saying the African National Congress (ANC) is instigating the violence while others blame the Democratic Alliance for what they claim is the party's unwillingness to render proper services.

The ANC maintains it's not responsible for the ongoing violence in Grabouw.

Over 1,000 Grabouw residents marched to the Theewaterskloof Municipal offices on Monday where they handed over a list of grievances to Mayor Chris Punt.

It is the second memorandum that has been handed over to the municipality in two months.