Vulnerable learners in Limbo after schools were looted and food stolen

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Scores of youngsters who depend upon schools vitamin programme are in limbo in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng (GP) after 143 schools were vandalised and looted in the provinces amid violent protests final week.

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni mentioned on Wednesday that schools will reopen as scheduled on the twenty sixth regardless of the disturbance by looting that occurred in each provinces.

She mentioned that 139 schools were affected in KZN and solely 4 in GP.

“Equipment and food meant for the school nutrition programme was stolen,” mentioned Ntshavheni.

“Which means that these schools are unable to provide the school nutrition programme to the vulnerable learners.”

Ntshavheni mentioned that the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will transient the nation on the ready for the re-opening of schools on Sunday.

“As announced by the President, the schools are scheduled to reopen on 26 July and the Department of Basic Education is proceeding with plans for the reopening of schools,” mentioned Ntshavheni.

On affected Sassa places of work and put up places of work for the cost of social grants

Ntshavheni mentioned that following the violence and looting, solely 20 South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) native places of work and 21 Post Offices in KZN and were vandalised and burnt down. 

She mentioned that in Gauteng, one Sassa office situated in Alexandra was burnt down and beneficiaries have been referred to various websites. 

“These offices are not offering social services and beneficiaries have been advised to use ATM and shops to access their social grants,” Ntshavheni mentioned.

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She mentioned that the Sassa grants meant to be paid on 20 July have been postponed to a later date, including that they were involved as the federal government by these acts. 

“This is of great concern to us as government because this will have great impact on the vulnerable who will not be able to access social support from Sassa,” Ntshavheni mentioned. 

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