Johannesburg - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has apologised to vendors in the Joburg CBD whose stock was looted by rampaging school pupils marching to the legislature last week.
Cosas organised the protest to hand over a memorandum to Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday, comprising a list of grievances pertaining to the schooling sector.
The pupils’ demands included a ban of application fees for placement at tertiary institutions, proper food in the school feeding schemes, an end to corporal punishment and tablets for each pupil.
The march, which the Joburg metro police said was unprotected because the congress had not applied for a permit to protest, started at Albertina Sisulu and Eloff streets and moved on to the legislature.
The pupils went on a rampage, looting shops and making off with vendors’ goods.