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COVID-19: Cosas threatens to shutdown schools


CAPE TOWN – The Congress of South African Students is threatening to shut down schools in the Western Cape.

This after several teachers at schools across the country have tested positive for COVID-19.

There was a stand-off between police and Cosas at Rhodes High School in Cape Town on Monday morning.

Police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

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Cosas treasurer-general Michael Mayalo says the lives of learners are at risk.

“As Cosas, we want to put a radical approach to this thing,” he said.

“Police have shot us with stun grenades and rubber bullets and we said we are not going anywhere until Rhodes is shut down, and it has shut down.

“We are moving to all schools, we are saying to scholars to stop going to school with immediate effect.”

READ: KZN sees surge in COVID-19 cases

Mayalo says the education fraternity must not be used as a testing kit.

Meanwhile, 30 schools in Kwazulu-Natal have reported coronavirus infections.

KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu says the Umlazi District has the most cases.

Mshengu says some schools remain closed, due to sanitation issues.

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