DA to lay charges against N Cape protesters

Johannesburg - The DA planned to lay criminal charges against protesters who prevented children from attending school in Kuruman in the Northern Cape, it said on Sunday.

"The police must now act and ensure that these learners are receiving the education to which they are constitutionally guaranteed," DA spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi said in a statement.

Democratic Alliance MP Annette Lovemore and MPL Safiyia Stanfley would lay the charges at the Kimberley police station on Monday.

Members of a group calling themselves the Road Forum began protesting on 5 June demanding that a 130km stretch of road in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality be tarred, Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's spokesperson Monwabisi Nkompela said at the time.

The protesters were allegedly barring pupils and staff from going to school to get the attention of the authorities.

Nkompela said the tender to tar the road was opened on 12 June 12 and closed on 18 July.

"The tender is at a stage where the project managers at the [roads and public works] department are evaluating which bidder met the specific requirements."

Mgobozi said the party called upon police to intervene and ensure that all pupils return to school.

He said the party would also announce what steps would be taken against the provincial government for "their failure to ensure service delivery to residents".

The department of basic education said in July that it suspected acts of arson in the area were linked to the protests since 5 June.

Akhenaten 2014-08-10 05:26:18 PM
Education is bad enough. We really don't need anybody to keep the children from learning.
Christopher Booise 2014-08-10 05:46:18 PM
It's only a stupid idiot that will block a child from attending school.
Watkykj 2014-08-10 06:02:08 PM
Just wait for brainless morons pulling the race card on the DA....
Alan Robertson 2014-08-10 06:25:00 PM
While not condoning the behaviour of the protestors they were promised this road last year and nothing happened. ..
Edward Radingoana 2014-08-10 06:27:23 PM
I think if one could scan those thugs that prevent children from going to school, he will find that they are just a group of unemployed bachelors without kids and therefore they don't care.
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-10 07:07:27 PM
Didn't this lot stop the kids from going to school last year as well? Preparing for jobs in government, are we?
Raymond Van Den Brink 2014-08-10 10:34:54 PM
There are not enough police to do this and it it is not part of their job. They are there for law enforcement and to catch the criminals and monitor protests.
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-11 06:49:20 AM
Troll from Africa has a new name......lol.
sesom 2014-08-11 07:52:40 AM
GO D.A.GO...The best...
Jade Princess Forbes 2014-08-11 10:12:58 AM
Can someone send the DA to Magaliesberg, the same thing is happening here