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THE Congress of South African Students (Cosas) in Limpopo has threatened to disrupt the soccer World Cup if the government does not offer free education to all pupils in the province.
The province is one of the hosts of the games scheduled tor June this year, with Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane being the venue.
Cosas provincial chairperson Tsebo Malatjie said they took a resolution at a recent meeting to force the government to provide free basic education for all students, "failing which they must forget about the World Cup in Limpopo".
He cited examples of rural and township schools that had no resources while former model C schools had everything that pupils needed for their education.
"We want to illustrate that we are serious about our decision," Malatjie said. "We will make sure that no games are played in the province."
He said as part of their plans they would ensure that all gates leading into the stadium were closed.
"We are going to disrupt every game if the government does not heed our call," he said, adding that they also wanted schools to be nationalised.
"How do you explain a situation in which schools in rural villages do not have libraries and science laboratories while you expect pupils to receive the same kind of education?" he asked.
He said the government also had to make sure that there were schools in every village to avoid pupils having to walk long distances.
"We do not want a situation where pupils are vulnerable to being raped and killed as a result of walking along unsafe footpaths."
Contacted for comment yesterday provincial education department spokesperson Ndo Mangala conceded there was a shortage of resources in many rural schools but said it was "work in progress" to ensure that resources were made available to those schools.
"There are more than 4 000 schools in the province and more than half of them are no-fee schools," he said.
"As for the call to disrupt World Cup games I'm not sure if I can say anything about that matter."