Durban pupil protest dealt with - police

2015-04-15 12:51


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Durban - A protest by pupils from a school in Durban's KwaMashu area has been dealt with, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

"There was an incident reported to the police but the matter was dealt with by the education department. Angry students threw stones at the police while dispersing," Major Thulani Zwane said.

"Police cars were damaged and no arrest made. A case of public violence was opened at KwaMashu."

The department could not be immediately reached for comment.

According to the pupils police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

'It became like Sarafina'

Lihle Ngcongo, a Grade 9 pupil, told News24 that the pupils were protesting against the replacement of their principal, identified as "Mr Mkhize".

"The police tried to shoot us. We just separated. It was so quick. It became like Sarafina."

She said that one girl had been hit on the leg by a rubber bullet.

"We want our principal to stay," she said.

The Public Order Policing units could be seen patrolling and rocks and debris were to be seen in various roads leading to the school.

A pupil, who did not want to be named, said that as a result of the protest the school had been closed and would reopen on Monday.

KwaMashu was also the site of recent attacks on foreign nationals.

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