Help on the way for Diepsloot school

The Diepsloot Secondary School was forced to close due to blocked toilets infested with maggots.

FILE: The school has called for those responsible to be fired. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

JOHANNEBSURG - The Gauteng Education Department promised that water would be restored to a Johannesburg school which has been without water supply for nine months.

The school's governing body said it had been forced to shut its doors due to poor sanitation.

Eyewitness News visited Diepsloot Secondary School number 3 and found blocked toilets infested with maggots.

The Education Department confirmed it received letters the school appealing for urgent intervention. Spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane attributed the problem to weak water pressure in the area.

"We are talking to the municipality about increasing the pressure, we have appointed contractors to fix the problem at the school and we are putting a bit of pressure on them."

While the department said the situation should be resolved by Monday, the school called for those responsible to be fired.

The governing body said it wasn't fair for children to have to learn in an environment that smells like blocked toilets.