18 pupils arrested

2010-09-16 13:25

Eighteen high school pupils were arrested in Emachibini in Mtubatuba for allegedly trying to burn down their school this morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

“The pupils have been arrested for malicious damage to property.

They vandalised the school and tried to burn it,” Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

They allegedly became violent when the principal suspended one of the teachers, who allegedly came to school drunk or often failed to arrive for work at all.

“Yesterday a group of about 200 learners heard that the educator had been suspended and decided to boycott classes, disrupted school proceedings and vandalised a car belonging to one of the educators of the school.”

This morning the same group boycotted classes and demanded the teacher be reinstated.

“When the learners realised that this was not going to happen they allegedly damaged school property, extensively damaging computers, smashing windows and doors with an axe,” Mdunge said.

They allegedly tried, but failed, to start a fire to burn the school.

Police were called to the scene and 18 learners were arrested.

They were expected to appear at the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court soon.

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