Parents, pupils searched outside school
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
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
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.