The Gauteng Department of Education on Thursday said several Ekurhuleni residents were arrested for the torching of a primary school in the community earlier in the week. During a protest, demanding brick and mortar buildings instead of the prefabricated mobile classrooms, protesting parents set 6 temporary mobile classrooms alight. This happened at the Thabo Tona Primary School. Another mobile classroom was vandalised after parents said government failed to deliver on its promise to refurbish the school.
Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Education said the structures were placed as a temporary solution while the department finalised construction plans. “We are very much disappointed and angry. We are facilitating a meeting to go to that community and interact with them. I can assure you that nothing is going to happen at that school, it will be like that and we will find a way of accommodating learners, but we are not going to do fix it so that it can be a deterrence to others.”