Premier, MEC to receive Roodepoort school report

2015-09-03 12:59
Pupils from Roodepoort Primary School. (File, Ahmed Areff, News24)

Pupils from Roodepoort Primary School. (File, Ahmed Areff, News24)

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Johannesburg - A report by an independent mediation task team on the troubled Roodepoort Primary School will be handed to Gauteng Premier David Makhura and education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Friday. 

The premier's office said the handover will be followed by a media briefing at the Gauteng legislature at 09:00. 

The Davidsonville-based school, which has been mired in allegations of corruption and racism, was temporarily closed just over two weeks ago. It was also the site of several violent clashes between residents and the police.

In the interim, some pupils were moved to Lufhereng Primary School in Soweto, while others went to churches and nearby halls for classes. 

Davidsonville residents held a meeting with Lesufi on Tuesday morning. 

Davidsonville Community Forum chairperson Brendon Rousseau told News24 on Thursday he could not immediately speak about the meeting as he was currently in a different meeting. 

It is not known if the school will be reopened, following the completion of the report by the task team.

The mediation team was appointed to find solutions to problems at the school and heard submissions from various organisations and residents.

The team included Reverend Gift Moerane from the SA Council of Churches, Bishop Paul Verryn, Unicef goodwill ambassador, singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, former director-general of the Presidency Reverend Frank Chikane and representatives from the office of the Public Protector and from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, among others.

Parents and residents claim the appointment of the principal and her two deputies was irregular. They also claim that two reports, one clearing their appointment and another clearing them of financial mismanagement, are incorrect.

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