WATCH - Putco bus set alight in Soweto

2017-08-03 09:12
Burning bus. (News24, Video screen grab)

Burning bus. (News24, Video screen grab)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police are on the scene of an on-going protest in Klipspruit-Wes in Soweto on Thursday morning where a Putco bus was earlier set alight.

Police Captain Kay Makhubela confirmed that protestors had set a Putco bus alight, and used it to block the K43 highway. He said that the road was also blocked by burnt tyres.

"We believe the bus was hijacked by protesters as the driver ran away. He is now at the depot, and police will get a statement from him as to how the bus got there," he said.

Police said the protest was around the appointment of a black principal who the predominantly coloured community believes was appointed irregularly.

Makhubela said police were going to engage with community members.

Last week, learning was disrupted on the first day of the third term as community members lamented the fact that the new principal was black, saying they wanted a coloured principal at Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School.

READ: 'Go slow' threat over black principal fails

Last week on Wednesday July 26, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi sat down with community members, as well as the school governing body, and resolved to dissolve it.

He said the SGB was not united, and thus could not unite the school. He said that it didn't make sense that the SGB initially accepted the principal, but subsequently challenged their own decision.

Makhubela told News24 that the police were going to open a case of malicious damage to property and public violence once they traced who was responsible for setting the bus alight.

He said that although the flaming bus had been extinguished, the bus was still obstructing the road, making it difficult for people to make it into the community.

Police are on scene along with JMPD and public order policing.

WATCH:

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  education  |  crime  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

French Bulldog helps kids with facial differences

Lentil Bean is a french bulldog who was born with a severe cleft nose, lip and palate.

 
 

Paws

Weird things dogs do
Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.