- Three buses and a truck were set alight during protests around Khayelitsha and the N2 in Cape Town
- The Western Cape Department of Education has raised concerns surrounding matriculants who were affected by the unrest
- Reports say that many matriculants were unable to get to their exam venues on time for their Maths Paper 1 final examination
Three buses and a truck were set alight in protests around Khayelitsha in Cape Town today, 12 November. Reports say the protests were centred around service delivery and are believed to be about housing.
The protests managed to make their way to the N2 highway as it got more and more violent. Many matriculants who were supposed to be writing Mathematics Paper 1 were unable to get to their exam venues on time.
The Western Cape Department of Education expressed concerns regarding the learners who experienced issues with getting to their exam venues on time or at all.
News24 reported that the provincial education department had released a notice this morning that students who were unable to get to their venues on time due to the unrest would be given the full allocated time to complete their papers, provided they arrived by 10am.
According to Times Live, the education department said, regarding students who were unable to arrive by 1 am, that they would engage with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to schedule a backup paper.
Take a look at this video showing two of the buses that were torched during the protests:
These were just some of the reactions from SA tweeps:
"Do people understand that the destruction of property serves no purpose?"
"People who burn the buses in Khayelitsha are not commuters. Those are the same people who burnt My City, funny enough you never see any taxis that are on fire during the strikes."
In other important news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on the increase in South Africa's unemployment rate. The country's unemployment rate has increased by 7.5 percentage points to 30.8% in the third quarter of 2020.
Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, confirming that the number of employed South Africans increased by 543 000 to 14.7 million in comparison to the second quarter of the year.
In addition to this, the report found that unemployment increased by 2.2 million to 6.5 million compared to the second quarter, an increase of 2.8 million (15.1%) in the number of citizens in the workforce. The expanded definition of unemployment increased to 43.1% in the third quarter in comparison to the second quarter.
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