No disruptions in JHB schools despite go-slow threats

Schooling was disrupted at Klipspruit West Secondary School last week, following a demonstration by residents over the appointment of a black principal.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Despite threats of a go-slow at a number of schools in so-called coloured communities in and around Johannesburg, the Education Department says there have been no disruptions.

Schooling was disrupted at Klipspruit West Secondary School last week following a demonstration by residents over the appointment of a black principal.

A group under the banner "patriots for equality" then called on their counterparts at nearby schools to join their protest in solidarity.

The group's Charis Pretorius said: “We are calling for a mass action protest to take place across the province, and then, of course, the entire country until our collective demands are met by GDE and the national Department of Education.”

But the Education Department’s Steve Mabona says the appeal was not heeded and operations went as planned at the concerned schools.

“Today as well, schooling was normal, we didn’t have any disruption. There was no go slow, according to the information that we have. So we are actually delighted that the educators did not accede to the call.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)