Klipspruit West community 'tired' of being sidelined by govt

A protest over the appointment of a black principal turned violent earlier on Thursday when residents barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres and set a Putco bus alight.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi attends a meeting with community members of Klipspruit on 26 July 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

KLIPSPRUIT WEST - As tensions over the appointment of a black principal at the Klipspruit West Secondary School spill over onto the street, the Gauteng Education Department is due to meet with the community again on Thursday evening in an effort to restore calm in the area.

A protest over the issue turned violent earlier on Thursday when residents barricaded roads with rocks and burning tyres and set a Putco bus alight.

Learning was disrupted in at least two schools in the area.

Disgruntled Klipspruit West community members say they are tired of being sidelined by the government, even in schools.

Community leader Anthony Phillip Williams says: “This province has seven economic hubs, none of those hubs are located in a coloured area.”

The Gauteng Education Department's Steve Mabona says they hope to find a resolution when they meet with residents later on Thursday.

“We agreed with the community that if there are any outstanding issues, they should bring them to the meeting… then we’ll be able to say what’s the way forward.”

The department has appealed for more time as MEC Panyaza Lesufi finalises the appointment of a principal.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)