Middelburg Taxi violence brings schooling to a standstill

By: Anthony Benadie MPL DA Spokesperson on Education The Middelburg Combined School has closed its doors until further notice due to the taxi violence that has gripped the community of Nasaret over a number of weeks. Yesterday, learners received letters stating that the school had been closed because the prevailing taxi violence meant that learners’ safety could not be guaranteed and parents were urged to keep their children at home. Click here to view letter. Children have a right to education and the DA strongly condemns any dispute or organisation that infringes on this right. It is clear that intervention from municipal or provincial authorities to bring the volatile situation under control has not yielded any results, as the violence continues. According to DA information, the taxi violence has arisen from a decision by authorities to grant route operating permits to taxi operators from outside the Nasaret community, while local taxi owners have not been granted such permits. The longer this situation is left unaddressed, violence is set to continue, with learners missing out on valuable time that should be spent in school. This simply cannot be tolerated. The violence has resulted in the local clinic and the municipal pay point also being closed because of safety concerns. A church and numerous roads have been vandalised due to the ongoing taxi violence. Learners should not have to sacrifice their education while community members are embroiled in disputes, and urgent intervention is required. To this end, the DA will write an urgent letter to Education MEC, Reginah Mhaule along with Safety and Security MEC, Vusi Shongwe appealing to them for urgent intervention in this matter. [end] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################