Armed security deployed to Roodepoort school

2015-07-20 20:28
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Simone Kley

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Simone Kley

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Johannesburg - Residents tried to disrupt teaching at the re-opened Roodepoort Primary School on Monday, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday.

"We have armed security at the school. This was because the community tried to disrupt teaching and there was a confrontation this morning," Lesufi told reporters in Soweto.

He said 949 pupils attended school on Monday morning, while 315 were absent.

Lesufi said in June that he was closing down the school, but would re-open it in the new term and would "have a plan in place".

It was the second time that Lesufi had taken drastic action against the school.

In April, he also decided to close it down, but re-opened it several days later.

The school was the site of several protests, and in one case police had to fire rubber bullets.

The parents of the pupils allegedly demanded a coloured principal. They claimed the process of appointing black principal Nomathemba Molefe was flawed.

Later they alleged there was maladministration by the principal and the governing body chair.

Lesufi said at the time that one of the reasons he initially closed the school was because residents had wanted to burn it down.

In June, Lesufi confirmed that the community had carried out their threat and had petrol bombed the principal's office.

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