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Parents of Orlando High pupils to help clean up after vandalism

The school’s administration building was vandalised during learner protests against Principal Peter Nhlapo.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Parents of Orlando High School pupils say they will help them clean up the school after the administration building was vandalised.

Last week, angry pupils burnt books and stole computers, demanding the removal of Principal Peter Nhlapo, who they claim ill treats them and teachers.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with the parents yesterday.

Parents agreed with Lesufi that the destruction of property is unacceptable, but need the school to be reopened.

One parent said, "If they close the school right now, where would our children find space and how would they progress?"

Lesufi has instructed learners to clean up the mess or the school will remain closed.

"I'm not going to hire any company, I'm not going to take any money from any other person. If you mess it, clean it."

He said he believes some of teachers may have incited the violent acts and has warned that those teachers will also be suspended.

Parents were taken on a walk about to see the damage yesterday.