Pupils of the volatile Koffiefontein in the Free State are waiting with bated breath to see if they will set foot in school or at least have a peaceful day in school tomorrow (Wednesday) without any drama from disgruntled residents of the town.
This comes as the residents have been protesting and hell-bent on the removal of the embattled mayor, Thandiwe Reachable, and her mayoral committee after accusing them of fraud, corruption and sowing division within the ailing community.
One of the School Governing Body representatives from Leretlhabetse Primary School, Loyiso Ngqeme, told Bloemfontein Courant that following a series of meetings between the FS Department of Education, (SGB) and the community last year on the 18th and 20th December parents took a resolution to let pupils go back to school.
Ngqeme says although the parents are not happy about the decision they had to find it deep within their hearts in the hopes to safeguard the future of their children. He says during the meeting with the department it was agreed upon that the pupils doing grade 10 to 11 will from tomorrow do a revision and write their final examination the following week. While grade pupils doing grade 1 to 9 will be taken through the School-based Assessment (SBA) in a bid to determine their final marks.
Since late last year, the town has been a scene of violence with the destruction of property among others. Business and municipal offices were closed in fear of vandalism by the protestors. Local mine workers from Petra Diamond were also not spared as they were forced by residents not to report for duty.
Ngeme says most of the parents are pleased that four schools will reopen tomorrow. The departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, has since committed to comment in due course. – Lucky Nkuyane