Sporadic violence reported in PE education saga

FILE PICTURE: Students of various institutions and organisations sing and dance. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Police continued to be deployed in Port Elizabeth’s troubled Northern Areas on Tuesday with sporadic incidents of violence being reported.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said that the Northern Areas had been quiet for most of the morning until shortly after 10am. “Complaints then came in. Some obstacles were placed in roads and some items were set alight, but the situation is under control,” she said.

She said that police had also received reports of two private vehicles being damaged. The protests follow those that erupted on Monday in the same area in anger over the closure of schools, a lack of teachers and a lack of school infrastructure.

On Monday three people were arrested and a further three injured. Eastern Cape education department spokesman Loyiso Pulumani said on Monday evening that the protests had followed the closure of 23 schools in the area by the Northern Areas Forum civil movement.

He claimed that the schools had been closed by the forum in anger at the issues plaguing the schools and not by the education department.

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