The DA has called on the provincial Environment Department to take urgent action against troublesome baboons that saw Kathu Primary School learners sent home this morning, on their first day back after the Easter holidays.
Two large baboons, who made their way into the school yard and onto the roof of the building, threatened the safety of the 1800 learners who attend the school. This is not the first time that baboons have visited the school. During the school holidays, baboons were a regular sight at the institution. It is suspected that the baboons are coming from the old Dingleton community that has since been relocated.
While the matter was reported to the local environmental authority, they have been dragging their feet in dealing with the problem.
The DA today contacted the provincial environment and education departments, appealing to them to urgently find a way to resolve the problem so that schooling can resume.
It cannot be that education is disrupted because of government’s inability to effectively and efficiently manage environmental threats such as this.
The DA considers education a priority. A DA government will act speedily against the invasion of wild animals at schools in order to prevent learning from being interrupted.
DA Spokesperson for Environment and Nature Conservation
082 380 2128
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387