‘Rogue element’ blamed for burning school

Staff Writer | Jul 10, 2019
Gauteng education officials accept Katlehong community’s position that it did not ‘mobilise for the burning’ of a local primary school.

It is now thought a lone arsonist torched Katlehong Primary School, destroying two Grade R classes.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steven Mabona said in a statement that the department accepted ‘the community’s position that they didn’t mobilise for the burning of the school, and the principal’s report, which believed that it might not be the community that burnt the school’.

‘Accordingly, it is suspected that this act of arson might be the work of a lone member of the community. It is important to note that we have an undertaking from the community to assist [in tracking] the culprit.’

Though teaching resumed at the school yesterday, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said there were no funds to repair the damage.

Lesufi said: ‘We fully support the community’s standpoint and henceforth, we will work with them and the police to apprehend this rogue element. However, reality is that we do not have funds to repair the school [and] the department is at an advanced stage to check what can be salvaged from this mess.’


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