About 30 disabled pupils from Ikhwezi Lokusa Special School on Tuesday morning embarked on a protest that saw them march in wheelchairs to the Department of Education.
Among their grievances is that they have to wash with cold water‚ corporal punishment is being applied — some claim that they are smacked with open hands — and other general issues with what they call an abusive code of conduct.
They also complained that their cellphones are being withheld from them.
They delayed traffic leading from Ikhwezi township near Mthatha and also blockaded the entrance at the Botha Sigcau Building‚ which houses about 11 government departments.
The pupils who were demanding an audience with someone from the department chanted freedom songs and with others shouting: “Amalungelo ethu (Our rights).”