The Eastern Cape's Basic Education Department says it is expecting a response from the transport department in an effort to provide transport to a school near Freystata village after five children died in flash flood two weeks ago.
Seventeen children, including six aged between five and eight, were making their way to their homes from school when they were swept away by the current.
It has been the reality of many school children who have to cross the river in order to get to school.
Joanne Joseph spoke to Eastern Cape Education spokesperson Mali Mtima and the department of transport about the efforts to ferry children from the village.
For starters, according to reports from the district - two and from the school is about 4.2 kilometers, the policy says learners must be ferried from 5 kilometers upwards. Despite this, looking at issues of an inability to access roads, we have opted to apply for the school and are expecting a response form the department of transport.— Mali Mtima, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Department of Basic Education
We are in constant discussions with the municipality to ensure those bridges are built because even if you have a minibus taxi , you struggle to cross if you do not have a bridge. So we have an understanding that they must quickly fix the bridges.— Mali Mtima, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Department of Basic Education
There was an arrangement between schools and the communities that said when learners are coming from school, parents must be able to fetch them, hence not all the learners were not washed away.— Mali Mtima, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Department of Basic Education
We are working together to fast track the process, so that these learners are able to be ferried.— Mali Mtima, Spokesperson - Eastern Cape Department of Basic Education
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