Parents, pupils searched outside school

2012-01-18 10:08

Johannesburg - Parents and pupils were searched as they filed through the gates of the newly-built Itirele-Zenzele Secondary School, in Diepsloot, around 07:30 on Wednesday.

The 10 community members manning the gates had already searched about 300 people for weapons, drugs and anything else which might disrupt the first day back at school. More people queued outside.

The school's new premises were being officially opened by Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, education MEC Barbara Creecy and other officials at 10am.

They were expected to hold talks with community members about education service delivery problems.

The school was initially situated about five kilometres south of Diepsloot in a bushy area near the upmarket Dainfern housing estate.

Its new premises were built in Diepsloot last year.

Grade 11 pupil Thembi Nkuna, 17, said she was excited to start her first day of school.

"This school looks much better than the one we were attending last year, because there we had no proper toilets and there were several other conditions that were not conducive to successful learning."

Jan Mokoena, 17, who was starting Grade Nine, said he had battled to get to school last year.

"I am happy to start my school year here. This one is closer to the library [about 200m]. I thank the government for building this school for us because it has been a struggle for us to travel to that one [near Dainfern].

"Sometimes I did not get enough chance to study and sometimes I was even late for school because of the heavy traffic on the R511 road," said Mokoena.

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