There was drama at a Lamontville school when the provincial leadership of the United Democratic Movement was stopped by the principal from paying fees for six pupils from poor families.
The politicians had gone to the AJ Mwelase Senior Secondary School in Lamontville near Durban to hand over a cheque for the fees of poor pupils.
Principal Buyani Makhanya refused the politicians entry to the school.
Makhanya asked the UDM provincial youth chairperson Teddy Thwala and his colleagues to leave and take their money with them.
There was an exchange of harsh words, with Makhanya and some teachers accusing the politicians of using pupils to campaign for votes.
"I told you yesterday that you cannot do this. I am surprised to see you here," Makhanya told Thwala.
Thwala insisted that their visit was because the party had been approached by certain pupils to offer assistance.
Makhanya did not want to listen to the UDM leaders and asked them to leave.
The argument between Makhanya and the UDM went on for a while. Two police vans were later seen in the vicinity of the school.
Thwala said they had been communicating with a certain teacher at the school and had arranged to hand over the cheque only a day before. Makhanya refused to meet the UDM delegation for the handing over ceremony.
"We are very disappointed. They would not have refused permission to hand over the cheque if it had been another big political party ," said Thwala.