Pupils stone 'disruptive' protestors
Durban - Pupils at the Nanda High School in KwaZulu-Natal have clashed
with suspected public service strikers who allegedly tried to disrupt their
classes on Tuesday, police said.
KZN police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said the learners stoned the
cars of the people, believed to be members of the South African Democratic
Teachers Union (Sadtu).
"A group of people believed to be Sadtu supporters were driving in
private cars. They made an attempt to disrupt classes," said Mdunge.
"Learners became angry and upset. They started to stone the cars and
chased the people away."
Mdunge said the cars were extensively damaged.
"Police were summoned to the school, the principle of the school had
already been advised by the district manager to close the school for security
reasons," said Mdunge.
No arrests were made and no criminal cases were opened.
KwaZulu-Natal department of education spokesperson Mbali Thusi said the
department was working with the police to ensure that pupils and educators
She said learners should not be disrupted during school hours.
"It is the children’s right for education, those not participating in
the strike should be allowed to continue working," said Thusi.
Provincial deputy secretary of Sadtu Siyabonga Mdletshe said he was waiting
for a full report of what transpired.
"We are sure it was not Sadtu members. We don’t have a position to
disrupt (classes). We are embarking on legal action that is to picket and hold
meetings. We can’t speak on behalf of people who are being disruptive,"
On Monday people alleged to be protesting for better wages increases for
public servants caused several KwaZulu-Natal schools to send learners home
after a group of protesters were singing songs and banging on school gates.