No end in sight to Hoërskool Jan Viljoen alleged racial clashes

Violence first broke out on Friday between black and white pupils at Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein.

Parents, pupils and political parties gathered outside Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein on 14 February 2022. They were calling for an end to racism and segregation at the school. Picture: Dominic Majola/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - There appears to be no resolution yet to a stand-off at a school in Randfontein where parents clashed on Monday over alleged racism at the school.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of community members with parents saying they were unprovoked.

Violence first broke out on Friday between black and white pupils at Hoërskool Jan Viljoen in Randfontein.

Community members, parents, and school pupils barricaded the roads leading to the school.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school to intervene but was interrupted by angry parents.

Eyewitness News spoke to parents who said the police opened fire with rubber bullets without being provoked.

"We were sitting outside around 7:30 am when they started shooting at us, we didn't provoke them. They just started shooting rubber bullets."

The situation continues to be tense – with the outcome of a meeting between Lesufi, the school governing body and educators expected to be announced soon.

A concerned parent also spoke to Eyewitness News: "We are calling for the suspension and the disbandment of the SGB and for the suspension of the principal."

Meanwhile, tensions remained high with lobby group AfriForum and the police, as well as a private security company on the scene earlier in the day.