Fundulwazi learners hold principal hostage

Fundulwazi Secondary School Learners picketing outside the school primises on Friday. Photo: Mduduzi Mathebula

SEBOKENG. – Police opened cases of public violence and damage to property after learners from Fundulwazi Secondary School in Zone 12, Sebokeng, held school principal, Motlalepule Manku, hostage on Friday morning.Manku was unable to leave the school and was held behind closed gates. The chaos erupted on Friday morning when learners took over the school and bayed for the blood of the school principal and school Learner Representative Committee (LRC).

They claimed the School Governing Body (SGB) did not represent them, while they called LRC members ‘sell outs’. Learners displayed their anger and frustration by picketing outside the school gates and demanding the removal of the school principal.

“We are treated like dogs. We have no access to sport facilities. We are just pushed in and made to study. Our views are not heard. We use one water pipe for the entire school and girls are not supposed to braid their hair,” said a group of girls outside the school yard. Police were deployed to the scene to calm the situation down. Rumour has it that one learner was badly injured during the chaos. Upon Sedibeng Ster’s arrival an ambulance was seen escorted by police at the other gate while the bigger gate was choked with protesting learners.

David Nyembe, the Secretary of the SGB said that he is aware of the chaos that erupted at the school: “However we have not met with all the stakeholders and with those affected by the matter.” He further said they are convening a meeting with the regional Department of Education, the SGB, LRC and other stakeholders. Meanwhile a parent that was taking a child to school claims to have opened a case of damage to property because her car was broken into by the learners during the rampage. Captain Teboho Lephoto confirms that a case of public violence and damage to property has been opened and is being investigated.


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