Roodepoort residents meet with MEC over school

2015-09-01 11:36
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Johannesburg - Residents of Davidsonville are meeting with Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday morning over the troubled Roodepoort Primary School.

"We are currently in a meeting with the MEC, so we can't talk right now," Davidsonville Community Forum chairperson Brendon Rousseau told News24.

It was not known if the school would be reopened this week, following the completion of a report by an independent mediation task team.

The 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.

Solutions to problems

Rousseau said on Tuesday that those pupils that did not go to that school, were being taught at nearby church buildings and other structures.

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

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

On Monday, forum members threatened to forcibly reopen the school. They gave some of the pupils gathered outside in their purple uniforms a bolt cutter to cut the chain on the gate, before taking away the tool.

They later said they were willing to work with the mediation team to find a solution to the problems at the school.

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