Police fire rubber bullets in third day of pupils’ protest

2010/09/15

POLICE fired rubber bullets in Njoli Street, Port Elizabeth after pupils’ protests against matric examinations continued this morning (September 15).

Pupils ran amok, burnt tyres and threw stones at police in the third consecutive day of protests, which were most prominent in Kwazakhele today.

Our reporter on the scene this morning said about fifty tyres were being burnt by pupils in Njoli Street.

A heavy police presence managed to calm down the situation by midday, although pupils had formed small protest groups in various areas.

Yesterday, incidents of violence were reported shortly after 8am when thousands of pupils from various schools in the Motherwell, Kwazakhele, New Brighton and Veeplaas areas refused to write exams.

A group of about 5000 pupils yesterday blocked roads as they marched from New Brighton to the Department of Education offices in Sidwell.

A matric pupil from Chubekile High School in Kwazakhele, Phakama Latola, 18, yesterday said all pupils were “upset” about being forced to write without being taught properly.

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