Premier calls meeting at race war school
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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura and senior government officials in the province would hold a meeting at the troubled Roodepoort Primary School on Friday.
Makhura said he hoped that the meeting would resolve the standoff between parents and teachers, which has resulted in disruptions in learning.
“We are intervening in this impasse because education plays a role in the achievement of Gauteng’s vision of accelerated social transformation,” Makhura said.
On Monday, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi threatened to close down the public school again should the violence and disruptions continue.
The primary school, which is in a predominantly coloured area, has been marred by allegations of racism and irregularities after the appointment of a black principal last year.
The school was petrol bombed twice. The violence has forced black teachers to stay at home, fearing for their lives, while pupils’ attendance dropped drastically.
In a bid to curb the spiralling situation, Lesufi deployed an armed security company at the school last week after a man, armed with a gun and claiming to be a parent, demanded to see the principal, Nomathemba Molefe.
Molefe’s car was subsequently petrol bombed.
Police had to fire rubber bullets during one of the violent protests as parents demanded that Molefe be removed.
In April, Lesufi closed down the school, but reopened it days later and indicated that there was a plan in place to ensure learning at the school.
Lesufi will also attend the meeting scheduled for 5pm at the school premises.