‘No supplementary matric exams for Malamulele learners’

The Limpopo Education Department said allowing learners to write exams would be too dangerous.

FILE: Over 350 learners are eligible to rewrite their exams but are unable to register due to violent protests. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As protests continue in Malamulele, the Limpopo Education Department said that matric pupils in the area would not write their supplementary exams because it could endanger their lives.

More than 350 learners in the Limpopo town are eligible to rewrite various subjects but were unable to register due to ongoing violent protests.

Malamulele has been on lockdown for over a month as residents demand their own municipality.

Government property, including schools, were torched in the wake of the Municipal Demarcation Board's decision denying the community their own council, saying they didn't meet the requirements.

The Education Department's Paena Galane said efforts to suspend the demonstrations have failed.

"We have made all efforts but we failed to convince them. So they have taken a decision on behalf of all the learners."

Over the weekend a Malamulele task team was expected to convene a meeting with the demarcation board in an attempt to convince them to reconsider its decision to grant it a separate municipality.

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Students (Cosas) called on President Jacob Zuma last week to visit the area 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 had not been able to go to school this year.

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

The student union president, Sandra Baloyi, encouraged their members to march to their nearest police station until Zuma answered their demands.