Dept: Schools in Joburg South to remain closed until protests stop

Schools in areas including Ennerdale, Eldorado Park and Kliptown have been shut as residents continue with their protest for housing.

Violent protests erupted in Ennerdale as angry residents demanded demanding houses. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – As tension mounts in southern Johannesburg despite calls for calm, the Gauteng Education Department says schools will remain closed until it advises otherwise.

Schools in areas including Ennerdale, Eldorado Park and Kliptown have been shut as residents continue with their protest for housing.

Areas remain closed due to recent protests over housing in the area.

This morning a shop was set alight by residents in Eldorado Park.

Mayor Herman Mashaba has urged residents to be more understanding and stop the protest action.

The Education Department’s Oupa Bodibe says: “We’ll make an announcement when it’s ready, depending on when the situation stabilises and gets back to normal with the help of the police and whoever is engaging with the community.”

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Several shop owners in Eldorado Park have closed their doors for the day after a night of violence and looting by protesting residents.

Protests started in the area on Monday and quickly spread to other areas including Ennerdale, Klipstruit and Orange Farm.

So far, at least 52 people have been arrested for public violence.

A Shoprite worker says she’s afraid protesters might return to loot the store today.

“Not everything as such but they take the expensive whiskies also. I just don’t know what to say to those people because they’re destroying our lives really.”

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