Disaster looms at old school
Residents have expressed fears over the state of a local school, saying the building was a "disaster waiting to happen".
Villagers of Lefiso village near Marapyane said they were worried about the extent of the decay of their local primary school, which was constructed with rocks in the 1940s.
Lefiso Primary School, which was built by the community then, is the only primary school in the village.
"Every time my child leaves for school we hope she comes back in one piece because that school can fall any time," said Mashike Mmekwa.
"Our kids are attending classes in rooms with cracked windows, cracking walls, broken doors and, in some classes, water leaks through the roof.
"It's a disaster waiting to happen," he said.
Another parent, Thabo Seabela, said: "How do you expect children from this village to have a good future in a dirty and crumbling structure like this?"
"My grandfather attended this school in his time. I also attended it more than 40 years ago and even my own child is today going to the same school," she said.
"This school is in an extremely bad condition."
The school's principal, Punchy Mantu, said the department had been informed about the condition of the school.
"They visited and promised to build a new school soon.
"If it rains or there is wind, we are forced to send children home to avoid injuries and death just in case the roofs collapse," he said.
Provincial education department spokesperson Jasper Zwane confirmed yesterday that his department was aware of the poor state of the school.
He saidofficials from the infrastructure and information system had visited the school.
"The school is captured on the 2009-10 priority list for the provision of a new school," said Zwane.