Not funny anymore

2014-10-22 00:00

MATRICS at Eastwood Senior Secondary school have been pelting younger pupils and staff with toxic “masala bombs” and eggs as an end-of-year prank.

But the tradition has now got out of hand with teachers allegedly fleeing their classrooms as the masala and egg “bombs” are unleashed and police being summoned to stop the chaos.

Supposed to be studying for exams, which start next week, the matrics who are participating in the masala bombs prank have been warned that should they be caught, they will now be hauled before disciplinary hearings at school.

The masala bombs are made by filling condoms with a mixture of curry powder, Jeyes Fluid, depilatory cream and egg.

A source told The Witness that the bombs are unleashed after school when pupils are not supervised, and sometimes in classrooms.

The “bombers” allegedly target Grade 8 pupils and teachers who are disliked or considered strict by pupils.

After school, the errant matrics gather outside the school at both entrances, bombing pupils as they leave.

An ex-pupil said: “The mixture includes a condom filled with water, Jeyes fluid, No Hair, curry powder and eggs. All these products are mixed inside the condom, wrapped up and carried around, ready to bomb a target.

“The final year pupils wait until they have received their examination numbers before they [unleash their masala bombs]. The smell of the mixed bomb masala is awful and you can’t remove the stain it leaves,” she said.

Outside the school on Monday, matrics who refused to be named, said the masala bombs were an ongoing culture at the school, adding that as it was done to them as Grade 8s, it was now their turn to do it to others. However, Grade 8 pupils who also did not want to give their names felt it was abusive and intimidating.

The Witness saw pupils running to try and escape those wielding the stinging masala bombs.

Some pupils resorted to carrying bricks to defend themselves from the group of matric bombers. “You bomb me, I hit you,” said one.

A source from the school, who asked not to be named, said police had been summoned to the school on Monday to try and catch the culprits. He said staff had driven around the area close to the school, trying to track pupils and other neighbourhood “riff-raff” who joined in.

He said no bombing incidents had taken place inside the school this week after the school had a meeting with the Grade 12s on Friday, where they were told to behave or face the school’s disciplinary processes.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said: “The school will take a strong stance this year against such pupils who carry out this act. The police will be carrying out regular visits to the school,” said Zwane.

Muzi Mahlambi of the KZN Education Department said: “Teachers should not let pupils do as they please. Pupils should be reminded of the school code of conduct, irrespective of their grades.”

Burger Street pharmacist Manesh Ramphal explained why the masala bombs are so dangerous.

He said Jeyes fluid was the main substance that could cause skin problems.

“Jeyes fluid is a detergent but it’s toxic, which can cause skin infections, irritation and blisters. Curry powder can cause eye irritation,” he said.

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