School disruptions: DA to lay criminal charges

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader         

Today , the DA will lay criminal charges against the protestors responsible for preventing learners in Sebayeng and Solomondale from attending their schools due to community protests.

The ANC and its youth wing are leading this service delivery protest by barricading roads with burning tyres and rocks, since yesterday.

Over the past two days, learners from Maphotho , Solomondale , Sebayeng Primary Schools and Baphutheng , Mafolofolo and Leruleng Secondary have been prevented from going to school and are being forced to join the strike. Today Baphuteng and Solomondale learners found their schools locked with no clear indication when they will re-open.

ANC protestors are depriving Limpopo children of an education in a misguided attempt to convey a strong message to their elected government. Basic services which can not be provided by the ruling party has now led to learners from going to schools is totally unacceptable.

The two criminal charges we will be laying today against the protesters are:

  1. Damage to infrastructure
  2. Preventing children to go to school

Children have a right to basic education as mandated in our Constitution and then furthermore, according to Section 3(6)(b) of the SA Schools Act indicates that any other person (other than a parent) who, without just cause, prevents a learner who is subject to compulsory attendance from attending a school, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

We have already requested MEC Nwendamutswu to urgently arrange alternative plans to accommodate the matric learners who did not write their exams.

The DA is still urging Premier Stanley Mathabatha, to set up a task team to establish a safety plan to ensure that protests don’t derail all exams, especially the National Senior Certificate Examinations.