Roodepoort Primary School closes indefinitely

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Parents protest outside Roodepoort Primary School on February 19, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Parents started protesting at Roodepoort Primary School earlier this week, demanding the removal of the school principal.

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Education Department has closed Roodeport Primary School, indefinitely.

The department announced the move on Friday morning, following concerns about the school’s principal and disruptions at the school.

The school has been embroiled in a corruption and racism scandal for several months.

Parents and community members have held several protests, demanding that the schools’s principal be investigated.

Parents have accused Nomathemba Molefe of fraud‚ corruption and financial mismanagement. ?But an audit has cleared her of all charges.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyazi Lesufi says protests at the school are disrupting learning.

“I have extended my hand to this community several times, what is happening now is provocation beyond endurance”, Lesufi said.

The department plans to approach the South Gauteng High Court to seek an interdict against the community members who are disrupting lessons.

Lesufi urged parents to place their children at neighbouring schools, such as Princess Primary School, Culembeek Primary, and Laerskool Die Ruiter.

“The Johannesburg West District Office will be at hand to assist these parents with the placement of these learners,” the department said in a statement.

It would help with these placements via operational centres in the Davidsonville Community Hall in Roodepoort, Matholeville Community Hall in Roodepoort, as well as Mezodo Technical School in Dobsonville.

The centres will be operational from 20 April 2015, and the operating hours will be from 09h00–12h00 CAT, the department said.

* Watch the full video report by Malungelo Booi, in the gallery above.

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