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SAHRC slams Limpopo parents, Education Department

The commission says it's not fair that the children suffer while they argue over accommodation issues.

FILE: The school was closed down following a media report about shocking circumstances. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it's not fair that children at a primary school near Lephalale in Limpopo have to suffer, while their parents and the Education Department argue over accommodation issues.

The school was shut down after it emerged pupils had to sleep in classrooms at night.

The SAHRC says it is looking into allegations that the department removed 72 pupils from Klein Rustenburg and transported them back to their homes without their parents' consent on Wednesday night.

Some of the pupils were allegedly dropped off in the street and had to walk alone for up to eight kilometres in the dark.

The SAHRC's Victor Mavhidula said, "We can't wait for the children to get there, before we look at the situation to see how best we can deal with it."

He says they are now dealing with the matter by speaking to the school governing body.