Five hurt in Roodepoort school protest

Thomas Hartleb, News24

Johannesburg - At least five people were injured during a protest at Roodepoort Primary School, on the West Rand, on Tuesday morning.

The injuries were believed to be from rubber bullets, ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Nhlanhla Khumalo told SAFM that police used teargas and fired rubber bullets at parents who threw stones at a bus being used to take the school’s pupils to Lefhureng Primary School in Soweto. They also tried to force open the school’s gate.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Friday the school would be temporarily closed after teaching has been disrupted for months following allegations of maladministration and unhappiness about the principal's appointment.

Department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said a minority of the parents did not want the school to be closed.

A task team had been set up to mediate between parents and the department. Once this had been dealt with, the school would be reopened.

In the meantime they would be taken to Lefhureng, the department said.

“The children are currently doing work that was supposed to have been completed in April, May. So we can no longer comprise the education of these children.”

The problems began when parents complained about the appointment of a black principal, claiming her appointment was irregular.

This was followed by allegations of fraud. An investigation and two audits however uncovered no wrongdoing, Sekhonyane said.

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