Parents of disabled children in Mthatha yesterday called on Education Minister Naledi Pandor to intervene to establish what led to the closure of Ikhwezi Lokusa Special School.
Ikhwezi Lokusa has been closed for almost two months. This is a public school for disabled pupils. It operates from a private property owned by nuns.
Staff member Nomvuyo Goniwe said: "Some nuns say hostel mothers are not getting equal payment for performing the same duties. They also accuse the education department of failing to pay them when they work overtime."
Goniwe said the government at one stage proposed that the children and staff should be sent to other special schools in East London and Bizana, but parents refused. They said those areas would be far from home. Also, they will not have money to pay for travelling to those areas.