Police called out to arrest 20 lawless teenagers at Weenen school

2016-05-18 12:47

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Pietermaritzburg - Twenty pupils from a high school in Weenen were arrested on Tuesday after they attacked fellow pupils and damaged school property with stones and rocks.

It is believed the pupils were either expelled or suspended from the school for bad behaviour and retaliated by pelting pupils with stones.

The Ladysmith Tactical Response Team, Ladysmith K9 Unit and the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police were out in force in the Weenen area and arrested the 20 pupils aged between 15 and 19 early yesterday morning.

“The windows of two buses, several windows of the school and a few windows of residential premises situated nearby were damaged during the incident,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala.

The high school pupils are being dealt with in terms of the Child Justice Act and will appear in the Weenen Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of public violence.

Spokesperson for the Department of Education, Sihle Mlotshwa condemned the behaviour of the pupils.

“We cannot tolerate a situation where pupils resort to vandalism if they have issues with the school,” Mlotshwa said. He said the school disciplines pupils as informed by the its code of conduct.

“We have full confidence in the SAPS and our country’s justice system and we will let the law take its course,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended police on the arrests, saying the police will act as necessary to restore peace.

“We cannot allow other pupils who are determined to better their lives by getting an education to be violated and disturbed by those who have no idea of what they want with their lives,” Ngobeni said.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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