Parents, pupils searched outside school

2012-01-18 10:08

Johannesburg - Parents and pupils were searched as they filed through the gates of the newly-built Itirele-Zenzele Secondary School, in Diepsloot, around 07:30 on Wednesday.

The 10 community members manning the gates had already searched about 300 people for weapons, drugs and anything else which might disrupt the first day back at school. More people queued outside.

The school's new premises were being officially opened by Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, education MEC Barbara Creecy and other officials at 10am.

They were expected to hold talks with community members about education service delivery problems.

The school was initially situated about five kilometres south of Diepsloot in a bushy area near the upmarket Dainfern housing estate.

Its new premises were built in Diepsloot last year.

Grade 11 pupil Thembi Nkuna, 17, said she was excited to start her first day of school.

"This school looks much better than the one we were attending last year, because there we had no proper toilets and there were several other conditions that were not conducive to successful learning."

Jan Mokoena, 17, who was starting Grade Nine, said he had battled to get to school last year.

"I am happy to start my school year here. This one is closer to the library [about 200m]. I thank the government for building this school for us because it has been a struggle for us to travel to that one [near Dainfern].

"Sometimes I did not get enough chance to study and sometimes I was even late for school because of the heavy traffic on the R511 road," said Mokoena.

  • Peter - 2012-01-18 10:16

    Although I support the opening of new schools etc...If the ANC cant even look after the schools they already have, how are going to maintain these new ones? Good luck to the have a LONG road ahead of you

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 10:29

      Welcome to Stab Secondary School

      Peter - 2012-01-18 10:37

      Dont just give me a thumbs down...let me hear your arguments

      rbphiri - 2012-01-18 10:53

      True the opening of the new school is a good project in terms of creating room for more educated students in SA, but inevitably with mismanagement and a lack of maintenance the school building will become dilapidated. The search is also an imperative move to avoid further headlines of brutal violence in schools. But this school was made possible by us...the taxpayers. Give yourselves a round of applause and a pat on the back...and a Bells.

      ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-18 10:55

      essentially, I agree Peter. If we have people that burn schools down, break windows and generally sow mayhem, coupled with teachers that strike incessantly and actually never propoerly qualified as teachers then the path ahead is rocky.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-18 11:11

      AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE: Apparently the school is also introducing woodwork to the curriculum. Hell I wonder how many further suspended ANCYL presidents this school is going to produce.

      Pierre - 2012-01-18 12:02

      The argument is that your post reminds of those people that like to highlight the bad, but not excepting the good and deny the progress.

      Peter - 2012-01-18 12:48

      Thanks Pierre. I feel that it is a valid argument though, albeit an unsightly one. There is only so much that us tax paying citizens can endure...and that threshold is already fragile. Dont get me wrong, the department of education has done an amazing job, so kudos to them, but with the amount of mishaps happening in existing schools, personally, i think that they should put extra energy in maintaining the existing infrastructure.

      Bert - 2012-01-18 19:00

      Behave yourself Peter, expecting constructive argument after they have tired themselves out working out what the thumbs meant in the first place!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-18 10:24

    so now what do they do with the 850 Okapi knives they confiscated? Do they give them back at the end of the term?

      Lucky - 2012-01-18 10:48

      Or they keep them for their own use!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-18 11:47

      The comity/parents want to start off fresh and new with a preventing system and here everyone is already putting them done. Give the people a change. Be glad that there are now an example started and rather hope it will be followed.

  • Max - 2012-01-18 10:27

    What have our beloved country become when these kind of actions is required at a school where the future leaders of the country must be educated?

  • lesly.eduard - 2012-01-18 10:27

    How can we still have secondary schools in SA. All schools that have grade 8 to 12 is High Schools. Secondary is the apartheid name for our schools

      Jan - 2012-01-18 10:32

      he he he. You are killing me.

      Rob - 2012-01-18 10:32

      Are you fuktarded?

      Max - 2012-01-18 10:40

      Yes, lets name it after some or other ANC fabricated war hero. Hahahaha...

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 10:45

      Yes good idea.... We can call it Brig Gen Nontobeko "I hate whites" Mpaxa Secondary School.

      Nitro - 2012-01-18 10:57

      Because some use only secondary braincells!! That is if have any braincells!!

      ian.rundle1 - 2012-01-18 10:58

      Yeah!! right you are, Government schooling never reaches secondary level these days.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-18 11:14

      Lesly I really think you should enrol yourself at that school, your so called brain is in dire need of education. After you have matriculated come post relevant comments.

      Twain - 2012-01-18 11:16

      You obviously never went to any school. Primary or Secondary.

  • Rob - 2012-01-18 10:32

    Don't thank the government, thank me, I paid for it.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-18 11:52

      All schools get paid by taxpayers money and we all thank the government for it. This is happening already when I was in school in the apartheid times. ....but thank you for contributing as a taxpayer.

      Deon - 2012-01-18 13:15

      ROB: From some off your earlier comments, I doubt it very much if you do pay tax!!

      Rob - 2012-01-18 14:07

      Deon - First off, you're a moron. How is the quality of my comments indicative of my tax contributions? Secondly, how do I "some off" comments, FFS, how does anyone "some off" anything? Although you are likely one failed neuron away from being legally retarded I must add one thing... I pay way too much tax as I have never received ANYTHING for free. EVER. I get no free services, No free schooling, NOTHING FOR FREE!! NOTHING!!! So when I feel someone else owes me a THANK YOU for what I have GIVEN them then who are you to judge me?.

  • Jan - 2012-01-18 10:34


  • Kyle - 2012-01-18 10:39

    what does that say about us that people need to be searched going to school....

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 11:27

      mmmmm they vote for ANC?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-18 10:55

    Congratulation with your new school. I am very happy for the community, having a new school. Please, study hard and look after it. Be an example to all and form us new value adding citizens for this country. Good luck Diepsloot!!!

  • Deon - 2012-01-18 11:04

    Should the should not be names Dainfern Extension 33 Secondary School?

  • Johnny - 2012-01-18 11:13

    Well done for the new school built and I hope we can see a lot more in the future to accommodate the children all over SA. I would just like to see that the government maintain these new schools as well and not allow them to go down the toilet, so to speak. The children/learners also have a great role to play in the upholding of their schools and this comes only with self respect and respect for their learning institutions.

  • Francois - 2012-01-18 11:33

    17 yrs old and in grade nine!

      Bardy - 2012-01-18 11:42

      LOL!!!! With 30% needed to pass, you'd expect no one to fail, but eish... ;-)

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 11:55

      Ha ha ha ha.. some of them in Primary school can already drive to school.

      Zion - 2012-01-18 12:21

      I noticed that immediately but it is actually a tragedy. How many others are there throughout the country entering Standerd 7 (grade 9) at the ripe age of 17. It is difficult to imagine these children being 20 in matric.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-18 11:41

    and now Mr. Mokoena will be able to study, he'll at least be in Grade 12 the time he reaches 20years of age

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-18 13:32

      Be grateful he is still trying to improve himself. He could have gave up and choose the "other" route.

      Rob - 2012-01-18 15:14

      Grateful?? Wow.

  • Johan - 2012-01-18 11:59

    What a country! Where parents and children have to be frisked for weapons and drugs before being allowed to enter the school grounds!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 12:01

      TV generation - watched Brayfart too many times.

      Zion - 2012-01-18 12:23

      In some schools in the United States and Uk Children are frisked for weapons and drugs. Nothing changes.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-18 12:13

    Welcome to South Africa, "WE SEARCH YOU AND YOUR BELONGINGS BEFORE YOU ENTER THESE PREMISES" --- Department Of Education, Inclusive of all staff and da principle, No One Is Above The Law., even President Zuma will be searched. LOl

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