Batlile Phaladi
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17 Apr 2015
12:16 pm

Roodepoort school closed due to protests

Batlile Phaladi

Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi closed down Roodepoort Primary School indefinitely Friday due to the continuous disruption of schooling in the area.

Image credit: Tracy Lee Stark

The school, which houses 1 218 learners, has been shut down due to a community protest.

The protest follows a meeting with the MEC on Tuesday where he was delivering a financial report to the complainants.

The report, delivered by the financial firm KPMG’s associate director of forensic Patricia Gabriel, found the school found guilty of mismanagement of funds.

The community is protesting against the MEC’s recommendation that the principal and deputy principle be back to the school.

Lesufi strongly condemned the behaviour of the community member, “I have extended my hand to this community several times, what is happening now is provocation beyond endurance”.

He said that such behaviour is unnecessary and has a negative impact on learners as they are losing valuable classroom time.

He indicated that the department will approach the South Gauteng High Court to seek an interdict against the community members who are disrupting school. The interdict will prevent “any acts which are violent and disruptive in nature” against the learners and or employees of the department

The MEC urges parents of learners at Roodepoort Primary to place their children at neighbouring schools such as Princess Primary School, Culembeek Primary, and Laer Skool Die Ruiter.

The Johannesburg West District Office will be at hand to assist these parents with the placement of these learners.

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