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Wed May 25 05:22:37 CAT 2016

Port Elizabeth parents chant 'down with Angie', police open fire with stun grenades

Lee-Anne Butler | 09 March, 2016 13:31
Parents of pupils at schools in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth block Stanford Road in their fight against the education crisis in the area.
Image by: Lee-Anne Butler/ Herald LIVE

Angry parents blocked a major road on Wednesday amid ongoing protest action over the education crisis in Port Elizabeth's northern areas.

Marlon Daniels arrested

#EducationMarch: Nationalist Coloured Party regional chairman Marlon Daniels and twenty other parents have been arrested. Police have also started using stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1p7iqPY Video: Lee-Anne Butler/The Herald

Posted by Herald Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Parents marched on Stanford Road to the Gelvandale Stadium‚ chanting "down with education department and down with Angie"‚ a reference to the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The disputes with government include the filling of vacant teacher posts and assistance for special-needs pupils.

Nationalist Coloured Party regional chairman Marlon Daniels told parents that the time for speaking is over.

Police were on the scene and shortly before noon‚ irate parents decided to close Stanford Road after officials from the education department were already over an hour late to meet with parents.

Dressed in riot gear‚ police threatened to arrest parents who blocked the road but parents were adamant that they were not going to leave until education department officials address them.

Parents block Stanford Road

#EducationMarch: Parents tell police that they are not going to leave until education department officials address them. Nationalist Coloured Party regional chairman Marlon Daniels has since been arrested by police. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1p7iqPY

Posted by Herald Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Shortly after‚ Daniels was arrested and police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

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