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Klipspruit school protest spills to the streets

Residents are burning tyres and have ordered a Putco bus driver to park his vehicle across the road and leave the area.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Klipspruit West in Soweto are barricading the K43 Highway with burning tyres on Thursday morning.

They also ordered a Putco bus driver to park his vehicle across the road and leave the area.

The community is angry over the appointment of a black principal at Klipspruit West Secondary School.

Protest organiser Charis Pretorius says they don't want a coloured principal, they only want a transparent process.

“The community of Klipspruit has decided that the Department of Education has not heeded to their cries, they’re still punting the racist issue which we’re okay with because we’ve established that it’s the only card they have at this point and we’re saying this far and no further.”

One resident says they’re trying to go to work this morning but it's not that easy.

“Roads are blocked. There’s a Putco bus right across the road.”

Another resident said: “There’s no other way to go through, there are people picketing there and they say they’re against the principal which is being brought here.”

The police's Kay Makhubele says officers are on the scene monitoring the protests.

“The driver of the bus is not found yet. There are burning tyres and the road is blocked. It’s all about the school principal.”

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