Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
THE "Gunman sparks school terror" story refers. There are no terrified educators and learners at Noordgesig Primary School as alleged in your report.
The school is safe, is securely fenced and has always had security.
The alleged "gunman" you refer to entered the school premises after school hours and when there were very few learners remaining.
There is no "man" lurking in the girls' toilets during school hours.
No gunshots were ever fired, contrary to the assertion in your story.
And we are not certain if the person was holding a toy gun, since no shots rang out.
Certainly if shots were fired the police would be investigating not only intimidation, as stated in your story, but attempted murder and discharging a firearm in public.
We would like to assure learners, parents and the community of Noordgesig that the story in the Sowetan is grossly exaggerated and is far from the true facts of what transpired at the school.
The department remains committed to ensuring that every learner does well at school and leaves our institutions with the values, knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give them the best chance of success in adult life.
Charles Phahlane, Head ofCommunication: GautengDepartment of Education