- Learners in Cullinan, Tshwane, protested recently demanding school transport
- They also spoke out against sugar daddies taking advantage of them
- A Gauteng education spokesperson said they do not qualify for school transport
Learners in Refilwe, a community close to Cullinan in Tshwane, took to the streets in protest over lack of school transport last week.
They also protested against blessers and sugar daddies taking advantage of their situation, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The learners said they were promised school transport in January this year, but it hadn't materialised.
Speaking to Daily Sun, one of the learners, 15-year-old Mavis Masondo, said:
We get to school sweaty and with dust on our feet. This place is dangerous and some of our friends get mugged. Some girls end up dating taxi drivers just to get free transport.
She added that learners often end up sleeping in class because of fatigue.
Some of the learners' parents joined their kids in the protest. 39-year-old Patience Sepalo said most of them rely on social grants and can't afford money for their kids' transport to school.
The learners therefore have to walk long distances. However, Steve Mabona, Gauteng's education spokesperson, told Daily Sun:
It must be noted that a 5km distance is required for scholar transport and these pupils don’t qualify.
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