Special school served with eviction order

Published Aug 29, 2008

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By Bongani Masango

The principal of a school for the mentally handicapped has 16 days to come up with R170 164 in outstanding electricity payments or be evicted.

On Thursday, an eviction order was served on the Takalani School after their landlord, the Takalani Home for the Mentally Handicapped, approached the Johannesburg High Court for the summons order.

Chairperson of the home, Jerry Mahopo, said there was an agreement between the school and the home that they would pay a certain portion of the electricity while the home pays theirs.

But Mahopo says the school had failed to pay their portion since last year.

According to Mahopo, the two shared the power supply from Eskom and when payment was not made, they were cut off.

He said the owners of the property, the home, had to fundraise to pay for the electricity.

A protest by teachers at the school erupted on Thursday when the order was served by the sheriff of the court.

The teachers and local residents blocked the entrance to the home.

"We feared for our lives as these people were militant," he said.

Officials from the school were not available for comment yesterday.

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