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WCED redeploys Atlantis school principal following protests

Violence erupted after the school governing body claimed it had been side-lined during the move.

FILE: Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says the principal of Saxonsea Primary School will be redeployed, after protests this week.

Violence erupted after the school governing body claimed it had been side-lined during the move.

Provincial authorities insist they followed due process.

The Western Cape Education Department's proposals include the appointment of an interim and independent principal.

Saxonsea Primary School parents have mixed feelings about this.

"I'm not happy, but for now I'm going to send my child to school. If he's still the principle next year, I will take my child out of the school."

Another parent says, "We are happy about the decision that was made today."

Activities at the school resumed today after earlier protests.

The Police's Andre Traut says, "Yesterday, during protests around Atlantis, 11 people were taken in for questioning and three were arrested."

While all three face charges of public violence, a 17-year-old is also accused of assaulting a police officer.