JOHANNESBURG - A case of arson has been opened after a fire damaged parts of Duvha Combined School in EMalahleni, Mpumalanga, in the early hours of Tuesday, less than a week after two learners were expelled from the school for assaulting another learner, the education department said.
The provincial department’s spokesperson Jasper Zwane said the storeroom caught fire, which spread and damaged the office of the principal and a number of other offices.
“We do not link the burning of the school with the expulsion of the learners, but we also cannot not rule out that possibility,” Zwane said.
However, provincial police spokesperson Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe said that the police had found a container for an inflammable substance at the scene.
He said the police suspected the substance was used to set the fire.