Grabouw schooling to resume today

MEC Debbie Schafer has set up plans to help pupils recover lost time due to violent protests.

FILE: Police were called in to disperse hundreds of unruly protesters during their march to the Theewaterskloof Municipal office on 15 September 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says school catch up programmes have been arranged for Grabouw learners affected by last week's violent protests in the area.

Five schools in the Overberg town were closed when residents went on the rampage demanding better services and housing.

Schafer says they are doing what they can to help Grabouw learners.

"We have checkup plans in place with an amended timetable and our focus now is to stabilize the schooling environment and complete the examinations so that reports can be issued by the end of the term."

Debbie Schafer appealed to parents to send their children to school.

"There were no protests, but there was still a very low turnout in our schools. We are expecting that from Monday, we should return back to normal."

Schafer has laid charges against the African National Congress, the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement and the GCA.

She claims to have evidence that these groups were behind the violent protest.

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

The community has highlighted a lack of housing as the biggest issue facing residents of the Overberg town.

They say the establishments of new informal settlements in the area are uncontrollable.

Schooling is expected to resume today.