Seems like protests are becoming a daily activity now as yesterday saw violent protest action alsok place in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where vehicles were set on fire and stoned. As a result, some Matrics had to have their exams delayed. The Department was in the process of assessing just how many Matrics were affected by this protest action.
Three buses, a delivery truck, and one other vehicle along with tyres were set alight during these protests. All exits to N2, R300, N2 Mew Way, Depraveden Powell were closed as a result and traffic was disrupted for several hours.
This also meant that many Matric learners were stuck in traffic and couldn’t get to their exam centres on time to write as they partake in the final National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. Over 25 000 candidates were set to write at 9am on Thursday.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) was engaging with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to schedule a back up paper should large numbers of students not be able to write.
Some Matrics were also allowed an hour leeway to write the 9o’clock paper. All those who arrived by 10am were allowed to write and still given the full time pf three hours to do so.
Spokesperson for the WCED, Bronagh Hammond, said:
Candidates cannot be accommodated at other centres unfortunately because there’s no provision for space. Additional exam papers are not available and administrative systems are unable to accommodate them.
Hammond and her Department are now appealing to communities to consider Matrics and their futures saying, “they have been through so much this year and such actions have extreme consequences for them”.
About 11 exam centres received late Matrics who arrived at school between 9am and 10am and were allowed to write. However, Hammond said that candidates from other schools were not accommodated at alternative exam centres.
“In the majority of cases, our principals were able to accommodate learners,” said the Spokesperson.
Three people are said to have been taken to hospital due to the protest as they suffered from head injuries after being stoned.
The protest was headed by “land invaders”, specifically a new movement, Intlungu yaseMatyotyombeni which translates to the Pain of the Slums. They were demanding services for the areas they’re occupying in Khayelitsha. Community leader Mzukisi Zwelibanzi said they had no access to water, toilets, electricity and housing.
Zwelibanzi said that they protested at the City’s offices just two weeks ago and were promised to receive a response a week later but didn’t.
Another leader Mabhelandile Twani said, “We see ourselves treated as outsiders, not people who belong to South Africa, we are treated as animals, under a difficult period of corona.”
The City of Cape Town said that some of the areas which are being illegally occupied are not suitable for habitation and are on waterlogged areas and continued to say:
We condemn such actions. As you know, these are recently invaded land parcels so as the City of Cape Town we don’t have enough resources to respond to that now.
Malusi Booi from the City said that they have asked Minister of Human Settlement, Lindiwe Sisulu, to assist them with extra funding to the normal funding they usually get from national government.
He continued to say that Sisulu committed to handing over more than R200 million which they are still waiting for.
Police managed to reopen the N2 later on in the day but protests continue.
Recedelden Arrow is also offering up R200 000 for information which could lead to the arrests of those responsible.
Two busses set on fire in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Cape Town. pic.twitter.com/ZM9emhmlNQ
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