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2 boys expelled, 10 girls suspended following violence at Norkem Park High

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has told pupils at the Norkem Park High School that he will never allow lawlessness at any learning institution.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi addressing pupils at the Norkem Park High School on the East Rand. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expelled two school boys and suspended 10 girls following a spate of violence at the Norkem Park High School on the East Rand.

A video has been making the rounds on social media showing pupils fighting at the school.

It’s alleged that some family members joined in the violence with weapons, resulting in a pupil being stabbed apparently with scissors earlier this week.

Lesufi met with pupils and teachers earlier on Friday.

Lesufi has told pupils at the Norkem Park High School that he will never allow lawlessness at any learning institution.

“You can’t have grade 9s fighting over boyfriends and girlfriends and also establishing gangsters so that they can protect themselves against other people.”

Lesufi says he’s disappointed that during his visit, two pupils assaulted their teachers.

“On Friday morning, two learners fought with two teachers. One knocked out one teacher and the other one assault the teacher.”

The Education MEC says 18 pupils have since been linked to gangs at the school.

LESUFI INSTRUCTS POLICE TO CONDUCT RANDOM SEARCHES

Lesufi has assured pupils at the Norkem Park High School that security measures have been put in place to ensure they’re safe after days of violence and ill-discipline.

Lesufi has instructed police to conduct random searches until the situation improves at school.

“We have 18 pupils that have been identified as being part of gangs and we’ve requested the police to assist us.”

Lesufi has warned pupils who continue to disrupt learning and teaching that the department will not hesitate to act against ill-disciple.

“That’s why I want a permanent disciplinary committee that will be presiding over this school until the situation is under control.”

The education MEC is due to hold a meeting with the school and parents next week.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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