More protest threats as Roodepoort Primary set to reopen

The school was shut down last month by MEC Panyaza Lesufi amid tensions over the appointment of the principal.

FILE: Some parents say their grievances have still not been addressed. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The mediation team set up to resolve the ongoing dispute at Roodepoort Primary School says it's unfortunate that some parents are threatening to continue disrupting learning.

Pupils are set to return to the school when it reopens tomorrow, but the parents say their grievances have still not been addressed.

The task team has recommended that learning continues while outstanding issues are ironed out.

Spokesperson reverend Gift Moerane said, "It would be unfortunate that people who were saying that they're victims of the circumstances are now the ones who are now at the forefront of disrupting education. It's unfortunate if that is the case."

This follows last week's meeting with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, when the task team as well as community members from Davidsonville met to discuss a way forward.

Some coloured parents were calling for the replacement of the black principal who they've accused of mismanaging school funds.

The Davidsonville Community Forum and parents also claimed the principal and her two deputies were irregularly appointed, despite the availability of other teachers who are better qualified.

But the principal and two deputies were cleared of any wrongdoing, following an investigation into the alleged corruption and racism.

Parents maintain their anger has nothing to do with race and everything to do with what they consider to be corruption at the school.

The school was shut down last month by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi amid tensions over the appointment of the principal. Pupils are having their classes at the Lufhereng Primary School, west of Soweto, following violent protests.

There has been disruptions at the school since February.