The Northern Cape MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, has condemned the burning of the library at Wrenchville near Kuruman in Northern Cape.
It follows after a group of residents, who were allegedly protesting against eviction from a municipal site, went on a rampage and decided to burn and destroy government property including the community library in Wrenchville.
Mbinqo-Gigaba says the library is one of the oldest facilities in which government has invested millions of rand in Wrenchville.
She said what makes the burning of the library ironic is that it took place during the national book week.
During this week government embarks on a campaign to promote and encourage community members to read and empower themselves.
Mbinqo-Gigaba says the library served as a repository of books for the community.
She says Grade 12 learners of Kuruman, who have started with their preliminary examinations as a build-up to the National Certificate Examinations, are now deprived of a research institution as well as access to the internet.
Mbinqo-Gigaba says government sees such acts as undermining its efforts to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment.
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