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Eskom cuts power to Letaba Special School over unpaid electricity bill

  • by African Times
  • 2 Years ago
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PARENTS of learners at Letaba Special School and Resources Learning in Limpopo have been forced to make alternative arrangements for their children after Eskom cut power supply to the school outside Tzaneen.

They were forced to remove their children from the school on Friday following mixed messages regarding the power outage.

The parents protested outside the school in the morning before holding a meeting with the principal John Eastes.

The principal apparently told them to keep the children in the school despite the unsafe environment.

ANGRY: Parents fetch their children from the Letaba Special School. Photo: Matome Sebelemetsa


The school is said to owe the power utility R105 000. The parents accused the school of lying about the real reasons why the school was in the dark.

“They told us that criminals stole cables and the department of education is nowhere to be found. This is totally unacceptable. How do you explain or justify allowing disabled children to bath with cold water in winter, let alone the unsafe environment in the hostels and the entire premises?,” said one of the parents who declined to be named. “We came as far as Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Polokwane to take our children because we did not want them to experience what occurred to the Johannesburg children.”

Eastes refused to comment on the matter and referred inquiries to the School Governing Body (SGB).

Attempts to reach SGB Chairperson Raymond Mabuza were not successful.

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