Covid-19: Millions worth of PPE 'disappears' en route to KZN schools

Covid-19: Millions worth of PPE 'disappears' en route to KZN schools

- South African schools remain closed as the Department of Education attempts to provide enough personal protective equipment to teachers and students

- The progress of the academic year resuming has now been hindered by the 'disappearance' of the critical supplies heading to KwaZulu-Natal

- The Department is 'shocked' after learning a consignment has mysteriously vanished at such a crucial time

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The Department of Education has confirmed that large quantities of personal protective equipment have 'disappeared' on the way to KwaZulu-Natal schools.

The provincial arm of the department reported the incident on Tuesday, commenting that:

“The MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Kwazi Mshengu, has received with shock the reports of the disappearance of large quantities of PPE in the Umlazi, Pinetown and Zululand districts. It is said that the equipment disappeared en route to circuit offices and schools."

This incident has delayed preparations for the reopening of schools amid the continued threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The department revealed that the consignment is worth millions and the critical nature of the goods is an additional blow:

“The replacement of these PPEs will cost the department millions of rands, money the department does not have. The MEC has directed the head of department to urgently investigate.”

Meanwhile, reported that One SA movement leader Mmusi Maimane is heading to the Constitutional Court in a bid to delay the reopening of schools.

Maimane, armed with the signatures of over 180 000 citizens, intends to force the Department to keep schools shut for at least another 60 days.

Numerous concerns have been raised over the safety of students and teachers alike with t Department confirming that the first batch of pupils will return on June 8.

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