Roodepoort Primary School to be reopened today

The school was closed last month after violence broke out amid allegations of corruption and racism.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in a meeting with Davidsonville residents. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After weeks of no teaching at Roodepoort Primary, the school will be officially reopened this morning.

On Tuesday, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with teachers and management to ensure the West Rand school is ready for the start of classes today.

Lesufi temporarily closed the school last month after violence broke out amid allegations of corruption and racism.

He says after an inspection of the school and ongoing interaction with those involved, he is satisfied that learning at the school can resume.

"But from the look of things, I mean I walked out of the school convinced the school is ready."

While concerns over security at the school remain, Lesufi says the community has the responsibility to ensure that children learn in a safe environment.

"I've pleaded with the police and I pleaded with law enforcement agencies that it's very important that they remain alert."

Lesufi says while he is confident that the school is ready to open today, the next few hours are crucial.

"It's a crucial eleventh-hour process that we are engaged in. I will also request you [the community] to assist us to manage this. It's not an easy task."

He says the department will do everything it can to ensure the children are safe but also says it's up to the community to maintain peace in the area.

"We are bringing everyone so that everyone can come here and say 'we can guarantee that everything is fine'."

At the same time, a prayer service was held on Tuesday by local pastors ahead of the reopening of the school today.