Malamulele pupils to officially start school

Limpopo Education says a task team is working on a recovery program that will allow pupils to catch up.

FILE: Limpopo Education says a task team is working on a recovery program that will allow pupils to catch up. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Malamulele pupils are expected to start with their first official school day for this year following a decision by residents in the Limpopo township to lift the lockdown which has been put in place for more six weeks.

Last month, the municipal demarcation board denied community members their own council, sparking violent demonstrations and arson.

However a meeting was held between the Malamulele task team and the community on Monday where it was explained that government will allow residents to re-submit their application to have their own municipality.

The Limpopo Education Department's Naledzani Rasila says a task team is now working on a recovery program that will allow pupils to catch up on lost work.

"As the department we wish to encourage teachers, teachers unions, parents and learners themselves, we are calling them to bring the heads together, work together as one team and make sure those learners are getting relevant assistance."

Last week, Limpopo police restored calm to Malamulele and nearby areas after violence flared up again this week.

A shop was set alight, allegedly by several people who tried to break in. A security guard was stabbed with a knife while trying to stop the group.

Residents have been demanding their own municipality, claiming the Thulamela council was not providing sufficient services.

Last month, the Municipal Demarcation Board denied the community their own council, saying the minimum requirements were not met.

Residents then went on the rampage setting fire to government property, including schools.

The task team said the board had now given the community until October to meet the necessary criteria.

Spokesperson Noel Manganyi said, "We are resubmitting our application but this time it will include some areas in Mutale and Makhado so that it may be a bigger municipality."

Earlier, the Limpopo Education Department said that matric pupils in the area would not write their supplementary exams because it could endanger their lives.