Cops wait for school latecomers
Johannesburg - About 27 pupils who arrived late at Lavela Secondary School in Zola North, Soweto, on Tuesday found policemen waiting for them at the gate, The Star reported on Wednesday.
"Gijima (run), baba! How come you are so late?" a policeman was quoted yelling at a group of latecomers.
Close to 700 pupils and several teachers arrived late for classes at the same school on Monday, when Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy and Lead SA made a surprise visit.
Creecy threatened tough action, and Tuesday's latecomers were greeted by 11 police officers waiting at the school gate.
The pupils were searched for cigarettes, drugs and weapons before they were escorted to the hall. There they found social workers waiting for them, ready for a counselling session, the paper reported.
Those who arrived 15 minutes after classes had begun were made to register their names and record their parents or guardians' details.
Education spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper that the situation at the school had "drastically improved" since Monday.
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