Limpopo Department of Education Condemns Acts of Vigilantism After Mobile Classrooms Were Burnt in Bolobedu

CRIME

By Theodorah Waga Mawasha

RATJEKE VILLAGE-The primary school that is in the heart of Bolobedu, Greater Letaba, was closed by disgruntled parents and community members. This after they mobilized and evacuated learners from classrooms, citing that the infrastructure has dilapidated.

The incident took place earlier this week, on Monday, May 16. The irate mob allegedly ambushed the school and ordered learners to evacuate their stations and proceeded to set the mobile classrooms alight.

A parent who did not want to be named, for fear that her child might be victimized, said that the Department of Education visited the school to assess the situation, however, no action has been taken hitherto.

The Staffroom is littered with books.

 

“Our children have been subjected to the harsh weather conditions for too long and it’s enough now. They often miss schooling when it rains because parts of the roof of the school was blown away. We are tired of being overlooked “, Said the parent.

The Department of Education media liaison officer, Tidimalo Chuene, issued a statement condemning the barbaric conduct of the community.

“Ratseke primary school is on our priority list for infrastructure development projects, including a fence on a new identified site to accommodate both Ratseke primary and Mahekwe primary school, which are going to be merged”, the statement read.

“The 6 burnt mobile classrooms were given as a temporary solution while we wait for construction to begin. It is disturbing to note that learners were taken out of classrooms in order to put pressure on the department to speed up the process”.

Meanwhile, a primary school at Sedan village, Greater Tzaneen, was also shut down by angry parents on Monday, May 9, because of dilapidated infrastructure

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