Cosas members attack Germiston school

A total of 113 children died of malnutrition in Gauteng from April 2015 to March this year, the Democratic Alliance said. File picture: Phill Magakoe

A total of 113 children died of malnutrition in Gauteng from April 2015 to March this year, the Democratic Alliance said. File picture: Phill Magakoe

Published Oct 16, 2015

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Johannesburg - Chaos broke out at Germiston High School on Friday when about 200 members of the Congress of South African Students movement (Cosas) stormed the school throwing stones and vandalising the premises.

The action was triggered after three leaders of the organisation were chased off the school premises by the principal when they arrived unannounced to hand over a memorandum. It is unclear exactly what the pupils are demanding.

Six vehicles belonging to staff were allegedly damaged, while pupils and teachers locked themselves inside classrooms during the incident.

Police spokesman Manaka Raphulu said the group of 200 forced their way onto the property when their leaders were chased out of the school.

“Their leaders were chased out as correct protocol wasn’t followed,” said Raphulu.

He couldn’t confirm whether the three members who were arrested would be released in the care of their parents or spend the night in custody. They trio face a public violence charge.

They are aged between 16 and 17 years old.

On Friday night Cosas provincial chairperson Nkhobo Khomongoe called for the immediate release of the pupils saying “now is a very crucial time for their studies”.

He maintained that all students had a right to belong to a student movement.

He said: “Therefore, it was wrong of the school principal to refuse Cosas leaders of that region to launch in that school.”

It is understood Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi held a meeting on Friday night with the organisation’s leaders regarding the issue. Lesufi had recently announced that serious actions would be taken against those who disturb learning and teaching at schools.

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