Lesufi refuses to pay for repairs at vandalised Soweto school

Pupils at Orlando High vandalised an administration building, calling for the removal of their principal.

Pupils vandilised an admin building and broke windows calling for the removal of their principal Peter Nhlapo. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his department will not pay for repairs to Orlando High after pupils vandalised school property.

Disgruntled pupils at the Soweto school yesterday vandalised an administration building and broke windows, calling for the removal of their principal Peter Nhlapo.

They've accused him of intimidation and claim he fires teachers unfairly.

The MEC says he is disgusted and saddened by the criminal behaviour at the school.

He says vandalism will not be tolerated and he will not pay for the repairs.

"I am not going to take money [meant] for other schools and bring it here where you don't appreciate it."

Lesufi says he will meet with all relevant stakeholders before making a decision whether to remove the principal.

He says shutting down the school could be an option as it's not the first time there have been problems.

Lesufi says he'll conduct a full report on the performance of school to consider if it's worth keeping its gates open.

The MEC visited the school today and says it's his ninth time at the school for similar reasons.

"You can see the majority of those learners want to learn and I want to protect them. If it means [taking] them to another school then I will do so, but I will never have a school where I don't have firm control over it. I don't work that way."