Violent protests disrupt schooling in Gugulethu

The department says learners at Vukukhanye Primary School in Section 4 have not been to school for the past three days.

Classroom. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says violent service delivery protests in Gugulethu have disrupted classes at a local primary school this week.

The department says learners at Vukukhanye Primary School in Section 4 have not been to school for the past three days due to protests between residents and the City of Cape Town over a land and housing dispute.

School children are reportedly being stopped from entering the school premises by protesters starting fires outside school gates.

Education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver says: “The MEC strongly condemns the violent protests in Section 4, Gugulethu, over the last week that has led to a concerning disruption of schooling at Vukukhanye Primary School.

"Today is the fourth day that learners have been unable to attend school, due to certain members of the community lighting fires at the gates and preventing access.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)