Lesufi vows to ‘make an example’ out of Orlando High

Pupils at the Soweto school damaged property, demanding the removal of the principal.

Pupils vandalised of the administration building at Orlando High School. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will make an example out of Orlando High School in Soweto and take decisive measures against the vandalism of the school by learners.

Pupils at the school damaged parts of the building on Monday, demanding the removal of the principal, who they claim has mistreated teachers and pupils.

On Thursday, the administration building was vandalised, books set alight, windows broken and property stolen.

Lesufi visited the school yesterday to meet with learners and teachers.

He said he's disgusted and saddened by the criminal behaviour and issued a strong warning to those responsible.

"They can do it in other provinces, not under my leadership."

The MEC will meet learners and their parents tomorrow and will give feedback on Monday on whether the school will remain closed indefinitely.

Lesufi said this is the ninth time he has visited the school due to misconduct and the numbers of pupils are dwindling.

He said it may be an option to close the school down.