Zille to meet school principals over water crisis

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Western Cape premier Helen Zille holds media briefing after her State of the Province Address was interrupted on February 20, 2015 in Cape Town.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille holds media briefing after her State of the Province Address was interrupted on February 20, 2015 in Cape Town.

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Western Cape premier Helen Zille holds media briefing after her State of the Province Address was interrupted on February 20, 2015 in Cape Town.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille holds media briefing after her State of the Province Address was interrupted on February 20, 2015 in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to meet with school principals in the province on Wednesday over the ongoing water crisis.

The meeting comes after the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) lashed out at Zille for not giving plans to schools ahead of Day Zero.

Western Cape&39;s Day Zero has been pushed to 16 April when taps are expected to run dry.

Manenberg High School is one of many schools in the Western Cape that might have their taps switched off come 16 April, and the school&39;s principal Thurston Brown has raised concerns about the possibility of Day Zero.

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He said the school had locked all its outside taps, with pupils only having access to water in the bathrooms.

The Western Cape Education Department has also urged principals in the province to encourage pupils to bring their own drinking water to school. 

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“We can’t allow that education collapses for hundreds of thousands of learners in the Western Cape," said Sadtu provincial secretary Jonovan Rustin.

"So therefore we are saying something must be done. There are thousands of learners every day at the school, you can’t turn down the taps."