Five schools in North West disrupted on the first day of schooling

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Five schools were disrupted by community protests in Welbedacht township near Zeerust in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district on Wednesday, 11 January 2023. A group of people who were protesting for water shortages in the area, disrupted Ngotoane Secondary, Messega Primary, Babuseng Primary, RB Dithupe Primary and DP Moloto Special School.

A Spokesperson for North West Department of Education Elias Malindi said it was further alleged that a group of people made threats to teachers who were at school on Tuesday. “Disruption gained momentum on Wednesday with learners being forced out of class at the various schools”.

The MEC for Education, Viola Motsumi condemned the disruption at schools in the strongest terms.”Learners are the future of this country and they should be given the chance to get an education. The constitution of this country emphasises that every child has a right to education. Clearly, those behind this disruption are violating the right to education”.

MEC Motsumi urged law enforcement agencies to take action against perpetrators and that the law should take its course against those individuals who violated the constitution. MEC Motsumi further engaged with the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Executive Mayor, Councillor Khumalo Molefe to attend to the issue of water in the area.

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