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Cosas march in JHB for Malamulele pupils

The congress called on schooling to be suspended nationwide in solidarity with Limpopo pupils.

FILE: Cosas has called for schooling to stop across the country until pupils in Malamulele are protected. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBNURG - Thousands of schoolchildren are marching to Library Gardens in the city centre in solidarity with Malamulele pupils, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Tuesday.

The march was arranged by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) but no permission was obtained for the demonstration.

Congress President Sandra Baloyi said, "All the schools in the country must stop in solidarity with in solidarity with learners in Malamulele so that is why we organised the march."

Traffic is backed up on Simmonds and Commissioner Streets as demonstrators make their way back.

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said, "They have gone from Fox Street to Library Gardens and we don't know what their grievances are."

Cosas called for urgent intervention from government to intervene in Malamulele where pupils had not seen the inside of a classroom in 2015.

The Limpopo town has been on lockdown since January with community members demanding their own municipality.

Four schools have been set alight since January.

Malamulele residents claim services are being given to Tshivenda speakers to the detriment of their own community.

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