Gauteng education MEC fails to attend community forum

Parents are now waiting at the Basic Education Department to hear directly from Panyaza Lesufi.

FILE: Police clashed with parents at the Roodepoort Primary School as they called for the principal at the school to step down on 20 February 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parents at the Roodepoort Primary School in Davidsonville have approached the Department of Basic Education after MEC Panyaza Lesufi failed to attend a community forum meeting this morning.

Lesufi was due to reveal the outcomes of an investigation into financial mismanagement at the school and announce a new principal.

Last month, coloured and black parents of pupils at the school staged separate protests over alleged racism and favouritism.

Learning at the school was disrupted and some pupils were kept away from the school by their parents.

A parent says they are now waiting at the department to hear directly from Lesufi.

"The MEC promised us that we would get an answer and he told his employees to come tell us that he would come tomorrow, but our arrangement was for today."

Last month, parents also called for the closing of the school unless the principal stepped down, and the man they prefer was appointed.

Some parents vowed to protest every day until the current acting principal was dismissed.