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By unknown | Apr 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alf Moselakgomo

Alf Moselakgomo

Several pupils of Lethlabile High School in Mpumalanga are boycotting classes, demanding that the Limpopo department of education provide them with transport.

The pupils are from Spitspunt village in Moutse, but study at Lethlabile in the neighbouring village of GaMaria. They have not been going to school for a week.

The students have to walk more than 10km through thick bush to get to school.

Last week, a woman was raped on the same route used by the pupils.

"That is the only road to school and walking along it is dangerous," said a grade 10 pupil.

Hlahla Ngwenya, a spokesman for the Mpumalanga department of education, said Spitspunt village falls under Limpopo province while the school falls under Mpumalanga.

"We can't provide transport for pupils from another province," he said. "They must take the matter up with Limpopo education."


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