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Lesufi warns of consequences over Klipspruit school protest

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will meet with parents and teachers of Klipspruit West Secondary School following protests over the recent appointment of a principal.

FILE: Gauteng Eduction MEC Panyaza Lesufi.  Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi will on Wednesday meet with parents and teachers of Klipspruit West Secondary School following protests over the recent appointment of a principal.

The Soweto school was closed on Monday as residents were angry allegedly because the new principal is black.

They claim that the process of his appointment was flawed.

Lesufi has condemned the disruption of schooling.

“Don’t use race as a basis to deal with some of these issues, and that’s our approach. But we’re open-minded. We’re going to meet with them, we’re not going to run away from the problem.

“We’re going to meet with them but you dare disrupt a school in this province, you’ll pay the price.”

Lesufi says that educators are appointed on the basis of qualification and experience.

“Our bottom line is simple. We need to appoint a competent person that has the courage, energy and also have the integrity to run the school. Race is not an option we feel that we need to engage.”