10 Norkem Park High girls suspended for fighting over boys

2017-08-18 16:09
Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi at Norkem High School on Friday in Kempton Park to address violence. (Nation Nyoka, News24)

Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi at Norkem High School on Friday in Kempton Park to address violence. (Nation Nyoka, News24)

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Johannesburg - Ten girls have been suspended and two boys face expulsion for their involvement in violence at Norkem Park High School, in Kempton Park, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Friday.

"We identified 12 culprits that were part of the video that was circulating. Ten were girls, two were boys. All the 10 girls were immediately suspended," he said.

Lesufi said the girls in the video were in grade nine. They were fighting over boys. 

He said the school governing body met on Thursday night and recommended the two boys be expelled. They would be served with expulsion letters on Monday.

The video, which was posted on Tuesday, shows pupils in Norkem Park High School winter uniform surrounding what appear to be girls fighting and tugging each other’s jerseys. A girl with a white bandana pushes a girl with dreadlocks to the ground.

The violence allegedly escalated when family members brought weapons and got involved in the fight, and when students formed gangs to protect themselves.

A total of 18 pupils were identified as belonging to these gangs. They would face a disciplinary hearing over the weekend.

He said a pupil was caught with a bottle of vodka on the school premises on Friday morning. While he was in a meeting with the SGB, two pupils allegedly assaulted two teachers. Both pupils had been suspended and would face a disciplinary hearing over the weekend. 

Lesufi wanted the school to appoint a permanent disciplinary committee until the situation had been brought under control.

He said various institutions and government would be needed to help with everything from academic work, discipline, alcohol and drug abuse, to the overall running of the school. He said he would not tolerate lawlessness at the school.  

Lesufi did not want to comment on the alleged stabbing of a pupil with scissors earlier this week. It had not been confirmed yet.

Pupils would in future have to study with police on the school premises and they would conduct searches once a week. A convoy of police cars were at the school on Friday.

Lesufi would meet parents next week.

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