Four upfor burning classrooms

FOUR pupils were due to appear in the Malmesbury magistrate's court yesterday after they allegedly set three classrooms on fire, Cape Town police said.

FOUR pupils were due to appear in the Malmesbury magistrate's court yesterday after they allegedly set three classrooms on fire, Cape Town police said.

Police spokesperson Henry Duran said the police were patrolling the area around the Naphakade Secondary School to prevent a repeat of Tuesday's incident, which unfolded after pupils complained they did not want to share their classrooms with primary school pupils.

"The situation is under control and the school opened this morning," Duran said.

Western Cape MEC for education Donald Grant condemned the incident, claiming that plans were already under way to build a new high school in the area.

"The violent actions of the learners were not only unlawful, but wholly unnecessary since the Western Cape education department had prioritised the construction of a new school in the area in its infrastructure plan," Grant said.

"It is important to emphasise that the construction of a new high school in Malmesbury was part of our planning and we will not be forced by communities to change our infrastructure development plans in response to violent actions."

The four pupils, aged 16, 18, 20 and 21 were charged with public violence and arson. - Sapa

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