No ID, No School – A vicious circle that never gets broken
Schools close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders in Mpumalanga, South Africa are refusing to admit hundreds, possibly thousands of learners because they don’t have South African birth certificates and identity documents. The schools will get a fine of R5000 per child they admit illegally. Many seasonal and guest labour have stay in South Africa for many years and built families. As a foreigner, both parents also need identifications to enroll a child in a South African school. Since the new law appeared earlier this year many children are not allowed to complete they schooling even if they have been submitted before. Many children of Mozambican and Swazi parents, who were born in the country and have attended primary schools in the rural towns of Jeppes Reef and Komatipoort for years, are being turned away when they seek admission to high schools.
Battered Bakkies and illegal borders – The only option for proper education
Hundreds of Swazi children rent guest rooms in Mpumalanga so that they can attend school because the cost of education in Swaziland is too high. A Swaziland family’s sacrifice all their savings for their daughter’s education. Phiwokwakhe Nxumalo having to be separated from her family and live in another country by herself so she can get quality education. Phiwokwakhe have no passport and have to cross the border illegally to get to school in South Africa.