KZN PUPILS IN PICKET FOR SCHOOL BUSES
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.