Port Elizabeth – Schools in Port Elizabeth,
closed due to protest action since Monday, have re-opened without incident, the
Northern Areas Education Forum (NAEF) said.
“It was smooth, quiet and
peaceful,” NAEF secretary Richard Draai told News24.
“Attendance was not as expected, but
the schools have been re-opened.”
He could not provide further information as
he was on his way into a meeting with Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan.
Residents recently closed down schools in
the area to protest against a shortage of teachers and non-payment of those who
are already employed, among other problems.
Police spokesperson Captain Johan Rheeder
said the Northern Areas appeared to be calm on Thursday.
“It’s very quiet. The kids are back at
school and everything is back to normal. There are no criminal activities
Rheeder could not provide details on the
court appearances of five people who were arrested for public violence during
Police had to disperse protesters on Monday
with rubber bullets, teargas and a water cannon. Children from homes
overlooking the troubled Standford continued to pelt cars with stones on
Tuesday and on Wednesday morning.
By Wednesday afternoon, municipal workers
were seen sweeping away ash and rubbish, and removing boulders from the road.
Parents, residents and the NAEF decided at
a meeting on Tuesday night to reopen the schools on Thursday after the
provincial education department said it was dealing with the issues they