Relocated kids battle to attend school

Community leader Mbona Xakaza speaks to some residents of Parsonsvlei informal settlement before they were evicted by court order to Malabar. Picture by: Brian Witbooi
Community leader Mbona Xakaza speaks to some residents of Parsonsvlei informal settlement before they were evicted by court order to Malabar. Picture by: Brian Witbooi

CHILDREN from 50 families evicted from a Parsonsvlei informal settlement near Bridgemeade, Port Elizabeth, have not attended school for a week.

The families had been living on private land for the past 60 years and were moved to temporary dwellings in Malabar following a court order last Wednesday.

The forced removal has affected the lives of several children negatively. They are not able to attend school because there is no transport to ferry them to school near St Albans.

Esodene Daniels, 10, said she was frustrated and feared she might have to repeat Grade 4.

“There has been no transport to fetch us for school since the day we were evicted last week. It’s not nice to be at home while other children are in class. I want to go to school,” she said.

Parents and relatives of the children are worried about the future of their little ones – and expressed mixed views about their new neighbourhood.

-Hendrick Mphande 

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