The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Eastern Cape says the provincial government must be forced to close schools as they have lost control of the COVID-19 crisis.

This comes after more than 200 learners at Makaula Senior Secondary School at KwaBhaca tested positive for the coronavirus.

EFF provincial chairperson, Yazini Tetyana says lives must be prioritised over education.

“We are calling on government to close the schools. Schools are not ready. We have reports already that are saying from the day schools reopened, we had COVID-19 positive cases. We are not in control of the virus, there’s just no rush to open schools. Life is more important. We have a duty as a nation to preserve humanity,” explains Tetyana.

In the video below, parents gather at an Eastern Cape school following COVID-19 positive cases:

Parents have gathered at Makaula senior secondary school in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, where almost 200 pupils have contracted the coronavirus.

Health officials and social workers have been deployed to the school to start counselling learners, who will be informed of their test results on Wednesday morning.

In the video below, Sadtu reacts to COVID-19 cases at an Eastern Cape school: Chris Mndingi

Earlier, Sadtu in the Eastern Cape called on the Education Department to close all schools in the province.

Provincial Secretary for Sadtu Chris Mndingi says most schools still don’t have personal protective equipment (PPEs) and ablution facilities are substandard.