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Cosas calls on Zuma to intervene in Malamulele

Thousands of Cosas members marched to government buildings in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday.

FILE: Thousands of Cosas members marched to government buildings in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday. Picture: Willie Venter via Tiwtter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has called on the president to visit Malamulele in Limpopo and come up with a comprehensive plan to get students into their first class this year.

Thousands of members from the students union marched to government buildings in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday in solidarity with Malamulele students who have not been able to go to school this year.

Malamulele has been on complete lock down for more than a month when protesters took to the streets demanding their own municipality because the current municipality has failed the students.

Cosas has warned government that they're encouraging its members to stay away from schools today until their counterparts in Malamulele resume classes.

The student union president Sandra Baloyi has encouraged their members to march to their nearest police station until President Jacob Zuma answers their demands.

"Those who were at the march in Gauteng agreed, starting from today, they must not go to school."

She says a countrywide mobalisation of a stay away by pupils will be the only way government will listen.

Pupils were dispersed by metro police Tuesday who said the protest was illegal and unregistered with reports of looting and business disruption by protestors.

The Gauteng Department of Education condemned this saying Cosas had reneged on a previous agreement to protest peacefully.

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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