Panyaza: will not fix destroyed school

Date: Jul 5, 2019

Panyaza Lesufi says department will not fix destroyed Katlehong school

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is adamant that the department will not fix a primary school in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, that was burnt down by community members complaining about the lack of electricity.

Lesufi visited the Katlehong Primary School on Thursday, and said the department would arrange for the children at the school to be relocated to a nearby primary school.

He said the department would not fix the school.

"We have asked the police to investigate the cause and to look for those that are responsible. If the community is involved, we are not going to fix the school," Lesufi said.

He said the department did not have the money to rebuild the school, and said any funds that were available had been set aside for other communities the department had promised schools to.

Lesufi said: “We need to remain firm and stand strong against this kind of behaviour. If you don’t, it will continue like this.”

Lesufi said he saw no reason why people who were protesting against the lack of electricity in the area needed to burn the school.

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