Protesters demand better infrastructure and security
By Mkhuseli Sizani
Since Monday there has been no teaching at Inkqubela Primary School in KwaZakhele township in Port Elizabeth as angry parents have closed off the roads to the school with burning tyres and rubbish. They are demanding better infrastructure and security.
Inkqubela Primary School has 446 learners.
Teachers stayed outside the school gate in their vehicles as parents closed the roads.
The parents’ anger boiled over after a learner, Anda Mani, left the school during school hours and drowned swimming in the Swartskop River. The fence around the school had been vandalised.
Parent Mvuzo Sitole said the school was vulnerable to thugs. “Windows and doors are broken. The ceiling is hanging over the heads of our kids. Toilets are broken and kids are forced to relieve themselves on the field … Thugs come to classes and rob the teachers of their cellphones and money.”
“We have been asking our school principal and the School Governing Body (SGB) to fix the fence first, since last year. But all our cries fell on deaf ears. Five years ago the condition of this school was good but now it is deteriorating,” Sitole said.
SGB chairperson Vukile Baatjies said there was a lack of communication between the SGB, the parents and the principal. “Our