#RoodepoortPrimary: 15 black teachers don't pitch citing safety, racial tensions

The school was shut down last year after the community disrupted learning & threatened black teachers.

FILE. Pupils arrive for the first day back at Roodepoort Primary after the school was reopened following its closure over staff appointments. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Fifteen black teachers at the Roodepoort Primary School say they will not show up for class today over security concerns and racial tensions.

The primary school in Davidsonville was shut down last year after the predominantly coloured community disrupted learning and threatened black teachers.

This is over a principal who has since been redeployed, but Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the community is still unhappy.

Lesufi says the 15 teachers will report for work at the district office due to tensions at the school.

"Besides security, they also site that the environment is not conducive for them to execute their tasks. Parents come into the classroom at any time, to disrupt them."

He says he wants to transform the school to a symbol of non-racialism.

"That school is going to be the home of non-racialism. We are going to get it right."

The Davidsonville Community Forum's Ronald Dyers says the dispute is centred on the redeployed principal.

"They are trying to hold that school at ransom and they've always been supportive of the principal."

Last year, Roodepoort Primary was shut down for nearly four months following protests by rival groups outside the premises.