Orlando High School principal placed on leave pending investigation

2016-05-16 13:10

Johannesburg - The principal at protest-hit Orlando High School would be placed on leave while all allegations against him were investigated, the Gauteng education department said on Monday.

Spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said there would be no teaching and learning at the school on Monday morning.

Learners would clean the office building and library which were vandalised during a protest at the Soweto school over the suspension of a teacher.

"Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi [will] not pay for any damages at the school," Bodibe said.

The violence broke out on Thursday morning after the teacher was served with a notice of suspension.

The principal served the letter on the English teacher after the two were involved in an altercation, Bodibe said.

Pupils locked teachers and workers inside the school grounds, while they ransacked the office and trashed the library. They also broke windows and overturned tables.

Lesufi told an education department official, the school governing body and teachers' union Sadtu on Friday that he would not tolerate people who were bent on destruction. 

Bodibe said learners who are found guilty would be suspended.

Schooling would resume on Tuesday, he said. 

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