Minors ‘stoned’

2015-04-30 13:43


A school security guard and a resident investigate the gate that was set on fire when demonstrating parents tried to stop children from entering the school

PHOTO: 
mandla mahashe

A school security guard and a resident investigate the gate that was set on fire when demonstrating parents tried to stop children from entering the school PHOTO: mandla mahashe

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Protesting parents and members of the school’s governing body at Sokhanyo Primary School in Gugulethu allegedly threw stones at children entering the gates on Monday morning, barring them from attending classes..

Tyres were burnt outside the school gate, thus damaging its automatic motor.

The parents said they were taking issue with the school principal because of his belligerent attitude.

One parent said they were unhappy that three members of the kitchen staff who prepared food for the learners were fired and new ones hired by principal Thetha Sithole.

“Those women were just told that the contracts were finished and they were left without a job. The SGB was not involved in this process,”. She charged that the cooks were supposed to be sourced from learner parents. “They should be parents of learners in this school and we don’t know who they are...he didn’t involve us,” she said, refusing to divulge her name.

The new SGB was elected in March but the executive was not selected after teachers decided to opt out due to oustanding grievances.

Speaking to City Vision, Sithole said that he had instructed the school’s feeding scheme coordinator to employ new workers as agreements with the current had lapsed.

“I told her that I was looking for parents who were not troublesome and actually knew how to do the job. She(cordinator) interviewed people and they were hired. I was never involved in hand-picking individuals,” he said.

Sithole alleged that the group had ulterior motives for staging the protest and stoning you kids. “They have a hidden agenda for doing this, and I just cannot help it,” he added.

However, the group denied hurling rocks at children and burning the tyres but admitted to halting them from entering the school.

“We want to show him that we are fed up with his stubborn attitude. He was fired in all the schools he has worked at in the past because of his ways,” said the livid parent.

Sithole said that he would open a case of damage to property and intimidation against the parents

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