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EFF condemns alleged arson attack at Sedibeng school

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the targeting of schools must be stopped.

Khutlo-Tharo Secondary School in Sebokeng after a fire broke out in the early hours of 15 January 2020. Picture: Ahmed Kajee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has condemned the alleged arson attack at the Khutlo-Tharo Secondary School in the Vaal, describing it as a deliberate sabotage.

The school caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving the admin block destroyed.

While authorities were investigating the fire, some claimed that it was deliberate after three schools in the area were targeted in a similar manner in the past few weeks.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the targeting of schools must be stopped.

“There is no business, there is no economic desperation that can ever justify anybody from touching a school. It’s literally like stealing the future from our people. It is the stupidest, dumbest and most barbaric act that must be condemned with the harshest and deserved condemnation.”

He's called on EFF members in the Vaal district to safeguard schools.

“I don’t know who torched this school, but we are calling on all branches of the EFF in Sedibeng to start patrolling each and every school in the area. Let us resist the deliberate sabotage of our schools.”

‘NO GOVT IN SEDIBENG’

Some community members said that they tried to help contain the fire which destroyed the admin block at the secondary school but claimed that there was no water.

One community member said the fire reached a point where they couldn’t contain it anymore.

“We wanted to try and take water, but we couldn’t.”

The Economic Freedom Fighter’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also visited the school as a former pupil and said there was a serious problem of poor service delivery in the area.

“That capacity to mitigate with water was affected by the fact that there is no water. So, there is a big problem in Sedibeng, there is no government in Sedibeng.”

This is the third school that has been targeted in the last few weeks in the area.