Learner injured in protest for Middelplaas school upgrade

Middelplaas community members burned tyres at Mpumelelo Primary School in protest of the school infrastructure's condition. Photo: Nokwazi Thobela.

DRIEKOPPIES – Residents of Middelplaas closed off all roads leading to Mpumelelo Primary School this morning, stepping up protest action over the bad condition of the school’s infrastructure.

Community members burnt tyres at the school’s entrance yesterday, demanding that proper ablution facilities be built for the learners and other school infrastructure upgraded.

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This morning, they started blocking off roads along the school with burning tyres, rocks and other debris.

Police monitored the situation, which escalated when the community chased off a local councillor.

The violence escalated and a 16-year-old girl from a local high school sustained an injury on her leg.

Keep an eye on next Thursday’s Corridor Gazette, where we’ll be reporting on any further community action and whether the community’s concerns were addressed.


Nokwazi Thobela

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