Unfair to kids

THE issues raised on the front page article of the Daily Dispatch, entitled, “Transport fiasco hits pupils” is highly concerning for this province.

The MEC for transport Weziwe Tikana has disappointed parents and pupils across the province by not delivering on her promise to ensure that no pupils would be stranded on the first day of school this year.

The department’s spokesman explained that the problem was a result of contracts that were signed late; the MEC must explain why her department did not ensure that all contracts were sent out and signed in due course.

The issue of operators who failed to sign their contracts in a timeous manner should have been evident weeks before schools began this year.

This is an indication of the department’s poor planning and management of the scholar transport system.

The MEC and her officials must take responsibility for the thousands of children who were left stranded on the first day of school.

Efficient planning and proper implementation of these plans must take place in a timeous manner in future in order to ensure that our children’s safety is not compromised and their education is uninterrupted. — Marshall von Buchenroder, DA MPL DA Shadow MEC for Transport