• July 10, 2020

SA Minibus Operators Defy Govt Rule. Parents & Teachers Want Schools Shutdown over Coronavirus Spread

Minibus operators in South Africa defy government order to run at 70% capacity for safety reasons and commuters are boarding buses and occupying all seats without complaining.

The South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) told drivers to carry passengers to full capacity after its scheduled meeting with transport ministry officials failed to take place.

The minibus companies went on strike last week in protest against the government’s pandemic relief package of nearly $300 (£240) per registered driver which they say is too little.

TEACHER AND PARENTS WANT SCHOOLS TO SHUT DOWN OVER COVID-19 SPREAD

Some teachers and parents in South Africa’s Western Cape province are demanding the closure of schools over the spread of coronavirus.

Also, heads of schools have written open letters to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he should rethink the decision to open schools.

They argue that the virus cases within the community are now affecting pupils and teachers, as the the Western Cape Education Department said over 300 staff members and 61 pupils had tested positive for coronavirus.

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It was also reported that some teachers refused to report back to school after colleagues tested positive for the virus.

The Western Cape has almost 50% of South Africa’s cases of the coronavirus, making the province the worst hit in the country.

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