Hopes agreement with Klipspruit West residents will end protests

File: A meeting between the Gauteng Education Department and the Klipspruit community resolved that schooling will resume and continue uninterrupted with immediate effect. Photo: eNCA/ Khayelihle Khumalo‏

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) said on Friday it will sign an agreement with parents and community members of Klipspruit West in Soweto, to resolve ongoing protests over the appointment of a school principal. 

Learning at Klipspruit West Secondary school was suspended when residents in the predominantly coloured area took to the streets, protesting against the appointment of a Black principal, and demanding the appointment of a coloured one.

The community insisted the matter had nothing to do with race but rather with the alleged flouting of processes in appointments.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi dissolved the school's governing body over the matter

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“An agreement on the way forward regarding complaints on the process of appointing the principal, allegations of corruption, mismanagement of funds at the school and racism will be signed today, 4 August 2017, after consultation with other stakeholders,” the department said in a statement.

“The meeting resolved that schooling will resume and continue uninterrupted with immediate effect,” it said.

The department promised to inform the public about the details of the agreement. 

It also said Lesufi would ensure that the Gauteng Provincial Government engaged the community on other socio-economic issues affecting the area.

“I am delighted that we had a progressive meeting with the committee, and MEC Panyaza Lesufi will also be pleased about the outcome,” said Gauteng Infrastructure and Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo.

African News Agency

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