Cape Town - The Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Thursday condemned the intimidation of officials probing the 2014 matric group exam copying scandal.
“Violence will not solve the problems of those implicated but will only serve to worsen the situation,” the department said in a statement after several instances of violence in KwaZulu Natal where disciplinary hearings were taking place.
Pupils in this province had engaged in violent behaviour in at least three centres where the hearings had taken place. Criminal cases had been opened with law enforcement authorities for malicious damage to property. Pupils who had damaged cars and property would be punished, the department said.
As a result of the violence, the DBE had to move some of the hearings to more secure locations to prevent intimidation of its officials.
Despite the violence, the department said good progress was being made in the investigation.