Hon Chairperson, I move without notice: That the Council -
1) notes with concern and utter discontentment the recent disruption at schools, as well as the large number of schools that are closed due to protests and intimidation;
2) notes, among other issues, that 41 of 65 schools in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape have been closed since June 2012 due to protests and intimidation that are not related to education but to the unhappiness of the communities over the lack of tarred roads in the municipality;
3) further notes that in the Western Cape, education was disrupted in various schools due to the recent service delivery protests, and at Kayamandi High School in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, the school was without electricity for the past two weeks as a result of illegal electricity connections to the school's electricity supply by the community adjacent to it; and
4) takes this opportunity to express serious concern that the disruption and closure of schools severely impact on the schools, on learners and on education in general, and that it deprives learners of quality education and teaching time and jeopardises their preparation for the upcoming September exams.
Motion agreed to in accordance with section 65 of the Constitution.