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About 200 pupils at Khethimfundo Primary School in Eshowe, on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, have been forced to study under trees after their school was demolished.
The farmer on whose land the school existed destroyed the buildings after the death of his farm manager at the hands of locals.
The primary school was on New Venture Farm, where the farm manager, Kenneth Lionel Eva, was clubbed to death by angry residents three weeks ago over a land dispute.
Soon after his killing the farm owner, Mark Chennels, demolished the school.
The children now sit under trees or a tented shelter provided by the local education circuit office.
Their access to water has also been cut off after farmers, fearing further attacks, fenced off the nearby dam.
A teacher, who was afraid to have her named published, said their main concern was the future and safety of the pupils.
"We are teaching because children have the right to education. They also have a right to a safe environment. We will continue teaching until we get a school," she said.
"Without water it is extremely difficult. At present we are stealing water from the dam and we don't want to think what might happen if [the farmer] catches us."
Local councillor Mzikayifani Ngobese said he had written to the Uthungulu district municipality to request provision of mobile tanks and was waiting for a response.
Christi Naude, provincial education spokesman, said they had arranged with a nearby school to accommodate the pupils.
"As a temporary measure, the children will be accommodated by a nearby school until the matter is resolved.
"We will also be transporting pupils," she said.