The residents are once more demanding the government put tarred roads for them.
The education department in the Mpumalanga province is calling on residents protesting for service delivery in the Bushbuckridge area to not tamper with the education of kids.
“The community still refuses to allow the pupils to go to school,” spokesman Gerald Sambo said on Wednesday.
“The department is going to engage with the relevant stakeholders in facilitating a meeting with the community to discuss the issue and to plead with them to allow the pupils to return to school while their issues are being attended to,” he said.
The community of Marite wants the government to construct a road that will link Bushbuckridge and Mbombela.
They handed over a memorandum to the Bushbuckridge municipality on Monday this week.
Sambo said the pupils of the area are behind with schooling since the violent demand for roads began last year.
“These pupils need to cover the whole syllabus before they can sit for their final examination,” Sambo said.
He added it was within the community’s right to “peacefully demonstrate their concerns” but the pupils have a right to education too.
The Bushbuckridge municipality said community leaders have been given “assurances” an amount of R53 million has been set aside for a contractor to begin the job.
“We have already started with the project and a contractor has been appointed to start working on the road,” spokesman Aubrey Mnisis told the Citizen.
(edited by ZK)
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