The North West education authorities have formally announced that learners from all schools around Mahikeng, should not attend school on Friday until the situation in the area is back to normality.

This as violent protests erupted since Wednesday. It has led to a complete lock down of the provincial capital.

Education MEC Selo Lehari says, “I received advice from our district director in Ngaka Modiri Molema and the HOD of the department that they don’t feel comfortable to allow learners to go to school because of the situation in Mahikeng.”

“I said to them let’s assess the situation in the morning (Friday). So we did that this morning (Friday) and decided they should not go to school until we address the problem during the weekend and they will come on Monday,” adds Lehari.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected back in the country early on Friday morning after he cut short his visit to the United Kingdom.

He will be meeting with African National Congress (ANC) leaders in Mahikeng to discuss possible solutions.

The President was attending a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

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