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Govt to charge parents who prevent children from going to school during protests

The recent violent protest to disrupt schooling was in Vuwani, Limpopo, last month.

FILE: Most schools in Vuwani saw just a handful of pupils show up after a two-week shutdown. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government says it's planning on charging parents preventing their children from going to school during community protests.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation was making submission at the South African Human Right Commission's hearings on the impact of violent protests on education earlier today.

The recent violent protests to disrupt schooling were in Vuwani in Limpopo last month.

Twenty-four schools were torched and learners and the community still refuses for schooling to continue.

The department's Thabo Mabogoane says its time government stopped being too lenient.

"We have systems where if a child is deprived of going to school, we can charge the parents. We have not done this but maybe we need to as government."