A school in Plumtree has been turned into a criminal hideout by border touts, popularly known as Amagumaguma, a situation that has angered villagers.
Nxele Primary School is now lying derelict as the Amagumaguma vandalise its unfinished structures.
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Bulilima West legislator Dingimuzi Phuti said they have held several meetings about the school’s completion so that it enrols ECD [Early Childhood Development] up to Grade 3.
Phuti was speaking at a meeting with traditional and community leadership at Ezimnyama business centre on Sunday held to review progress on the construction of Ezimnyama Clinic. He added:
We have agreed to refurbish the school and upgrade its security systems so that we rid it of these criminals.
It could not be a school where criminals are based and teachers and pupils will teach and learn in an intimidating environment.
Progress in the construction of Ezimnyama Clinic, which was mooted 67 years ago, has stalled after the army, which was supposed to build the structure, got committed elsewhere.
Phuti said all the building material has been purchased up to roofing and the structure should be complete in two months and open in a year.