Cosas renews calls to boycott schooling in support of Malamulele

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will take legal action to protect the rights of students.

FILE: School children run from police during a Cosas march in the Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While student body Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has renewed its call to pupils to stay away from school in solidarity with their counterparts in Malamulele, the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says this is making the problem worse.

M alamulele 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 encouraged pupils to march to police stations until President Jacob Zuma answers their demands for Malamulele pupils to begin their school year.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will take legal action to put a stop to this to protect the rights of students who want to go to school.

"We are very sympathetic to the issue of Malamulele, but by stopping more children from going to school they you are worsening the situation, you can't broaden the problem.

"We need to solve the problem and that is why we want to ensure that our children in Gauteng must go to school and I can assure you they will go to school."

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 GDE 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.