Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The DA has approached MEC for Education, Thembisile Nwedamutswu , to urgently intervene on the ANC led community unrest that has led to the closure of several schools around Sebayeng and Solomondale this morning.
Learners from Maphotho , Solomondale , Sebayeng Primary Schools and Baphutheng , Mafolofolo and Leruleng Secondary were prevented to go to their schools and forced them to join the strike.
The DA is deeply concerned that learners in Grade 12 will not be able to write their final year exams scheduled to commence today.
The angry residents have blocked all roads with burning tyres and rocks complaining about lack of services in their area.
The DA has requested MEC Nwedamutswu to urgently arrange alternative plans to accommodate the matric learners who did not write their exams today.
The ANC’s behaviour is unacceptable as the correct procedures were not followed.
There are legal and peaceful ways of venting their frustrations instead of closing roads and disrupting essential services such as the running of local schools and clinics.
We have noted that the provincial government doesn’t seem to have a plan to prevent the outbreak of violent protests from disrupting matric and other exams.
The DA challenges Premier Stanley Mathabatha, to set up a task team to establish a safety plan to ensure that protests don’t derail all exams, especially matric one for future purposes.