Legislature officials visit derelict school

2018-03-22 06:00
PHOTOs: andile sitholeLocal principal Guru Ramcharan and Sergeant Zanele Mkhwanazi lead the team during the official visit at Belfrost Secondary.

PHOTOs: andile sitholeLocal principal Guru Ramcharan and Sergeant Zanele Mkhwanazi lead the team during the official visit at Belfrost Secondary.

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OFFICIALS from KZN Legislature conducted an oversight visit at the Belfrost Secondary School in Tongaat on Tuesday, March 20.

Shadow minister for Education in the legislature Rishigen Viranna and other local community leaders visited the abandoned school after numerous complaints were received from the residents about vandalism taking place at the school.

“The Department of Education closed the school as part of transforming the schooling system because it was not viable. It was merged with another school. The problem was that no plans were made for the school and now it is being vandalised.

“The main thing that we are worried about is the children of Trubel Primary because the vandals are intimidating them,” Viranna said.

Viranna said there were looking at sourcing investors who will buy the abandoned school and convert it and put it to use.

“We are looking at getting rinvestors who will develop the school and put it into good use again. It will all depend on the investors and what they want to do with the school. The investors can either change the old school into a factory or it could be a hospital. It will all depend on the them,” Viranna said.

The school was closed in 2014 due to the limited number of pupils and financial constraints.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said: “I have been receiving calls from the residents in the area reporting the vandalism at the school. We are looking at alternatives to eradicate the problem with regards to the abandoned school,” she said.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane confirmed that SAPS received numerous complaints from the public about the alleged criminal activities taking place at the school.

“SAPS are conducting routine patrols in the area. However, there has been no arrest made at this stage.”

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