Durban - Pupils, demanding that they be served breakfast at school, have set fire to classrooms at Sokheni High School in Kranskop, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Police have confirmed that at least nine people have been charged for arson and theft at Sokheni High School.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, provincial police spokesperson, said the principal’s office was also vandalised.
“During the incident, It is alleged that the pupils took bicycles, laptops and cellphones from the school and fled the scene. A case of arson and theft was opened at Kranskop police station for further investigation. The station commander and her team, assisted by Crime Intelligence, gathered information about the whereabouts of the property that was taken from school,” said Zwane.
Kwazi Mthethwa, KZN Department of Education spokesperson, said pupils are demanding a new school and transport for pupils.
“Pupils are further demanding that they be served breakfast every morning, despite the fact that the department already provides a daily meal for each pupil at the school,” said Mthethwa.
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He said the department strongly condemned the arson attack.
“We are happy that the police have said they have already nabbed the suspects. We also want to assure the parents, SGB, learners and the community at large the trial examinations were not affected at all,” he said.
Zwane said the accused will appear in the Kranskop Magistrate’s court as soon as police investigations were complete.