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PRE­TO­RIA — Than­deka Md­lalose was one of sev­eral pupils who left at 4 am so that she could make it to Pre­to­ria in time to lend her voice to a protest for scholar trans­port out­side the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, GroundUp re­ported.

The protest was or­gan­ised by ac­tivists from Equal Ed­u­ca­tion.

Md­lalose was joined by some 200 other pupils from KwaZu­luNatal as well as Gaut­eng. They pick­eted out­side the main en­trance to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion head of­fice.

Equal Ed­u­ca­tion said Md­lalose, a Grade 10 pupil, is just one of thou­sands of South African school pupils who have to walk long dis­tances to get to school daily. Md­lalose said that she walks about five to seven kilo­me­tres to an area where she takes a sko­rokoro taxi to get to school, which costs her fam­ily R350 a month.

Sa­muke­lisiwe Kunene is an Equal Ed­u­ca­tion ac­tivist who works with pupils in the Nquthu re­gion in KwaZulu-Natal. Kunene said al­most ev­ery pupil from this area has to walk to school.

He said the picket aimed to re­mind the min­is­ter of her com­mit­ments to over one mil­lion pupils in need of trans­port. — WR.

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