Schools disrupted due to Daveyton protest

Johannesburg - Schooling in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, was disrupted on Wednesday following a protest by residents trying to illegally invade land.

"Parents are keeping them from school and some parents are choosing to take them out of school out of concern for their safety," Gauteng education department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said.

No schools had been closed in the area.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said it was of "extreme" concern that when communities engaged in protests, schools became targets resulting in pupils losing valuable time.

Lesufi said the department was in the process of engaging the community to prevent further school disruptions.

"At this stage we would like to make an appeal to community leaders to assist the department in stabilising schools in the area and ensure that the future of young learners is not placed in jeopardy," he said.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation and hope that the community and relevant authorities will speedily resolve the unrest."

The protest in Daveyton began on Monday when residents tried to illegally invade land and erect shacks but were prevented from doing so by authorities.

On Tuesday night, shops owned by foreigners were looted in the area.

Six people were arrested and were expected to appear in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court soon.

Rocks which were used to block roads on Tuesday were removed by Wednesday morning, but some intersections remained blocked, said Ekurhuleni metro spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago.

He said a meeting between protesters and officials was scheduled for Wednesday to try to resolve the issue.

Another meeting was planned for Thursday.

Beaulah Fortuin 2014-08-20 02:20:17 PM
Kuruman 2012 repeating itself.
Ian R McNee 2014-08-20 02:21:54 PM
Any excuse to loot will do. No doubt the authorities will cave in and give them the land.
Ian R McNee 2014-08-20 02:21:55 PM
Any excuse to loot will do. No doubt the authorities will cave in and give them the land.
Siener Sien 2014-08-20 02:31:26 PM
here we go again and again - it never ends
Akhenaten 2014-08-20 02:33:29 PM
Total disregard for law and order. Follow your leaders. You ain't seen nothing yet, we can expect this lawlessness to continue and to get much worse.
Anne Thrax 2014-08-20 02:51:44 PM
Typical behaviour. ...we demand...we burn...we loot....we throw stones...
Ingrid Johnstone 2014-08-20 02:54:25 PM
I wish I could just claim a piece of land whenever I fancy. I guess its the way to go take take and do nothing for it.
Marc Anthony Webb 2014-08-20 02:59:49 PM
Cut the learners some slack for their efforts they should drop the pass rate down to 25% and use the looting as a school project!!!
Bento Maepa 2014-08-20 03:07:15 PM
I would have thought it immaterial whether they went to school or not, as qualifications in the ANC led state are not much of a concern.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-20 03:20:43 PM
I thought this would happen. Leave those who want to learn alone. This is suggesting to youngsters that looting, stoning etc are acceptable and now part of their Life Orientation Skills programme.