Fire fighters fight a fire at Rhodes Memorial. March 17 2009 Photo by Michael Walker

Eastern Cape – Angry pupils burnt down the Mpozolo Senior Secondary School in Willowvale, causing damage estimated at R1 million, Eastern Cape police said on Wednesday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the pupils burnt down the school, situated in the Mpozolo Location, Mendu Village, on Monday morning.

“It is alleged that the learners were complaining about the school buildings needing renovations but the authorities were neglecting attending to this problem,” he said in a statement.

“The schools inspector was called to address the learners but they allegedly pelted the vehicle of the school inspector with stones causing damages to the vehicle. The fire destroyed all the books and equipment and other documents and the damage is estimated to be R1 million.”

Jackson said the school management reported the incident to the police and a case of arson was opened.

A case of malicious damage to the property was also opened.

Jackson said the car was badly damaged by the learners.

No arrests have been made and investigations continue, he said.

Butterworth station commander Colonel Sipho Hokwana appealed to the pupils not to resort to violence and crime or vandalising and destroying public property when addressing their concerns.