The Long Walk To School

Thousands of children in the most rural parts of South Africa have to wake up in the early hours of the morning and battle tough terrain – sometimes for over 14 kilometres, just to get to school. Many have been robbed, raped and some even killed on these long journeys. Now a court ruling in KwaZulu-Natal has forced the Department of Education in KZN to provide transport for students, but the Department insists there’s not enough money to manage the problem. Carte Blanche asks: Is the safety of school children in rural areas simply being overlooked?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude