Police officer injured as shots fired during visit to school spark chaos

An officer was injured by school pupils
An officer was injured by school pupils
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The Johannesburg police are investigating a case of public violence after one police officer was slightly injured this morning when police were attacked by pupils at Freedom Park Secondary School in the south of Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said this morning police went to search the school as part of their school safety programme.

“As the police were busy searching in the classrooms they heard the sounds of gun shots. This is when the pupils rushed outside their classrooms and started throwing stones at the police and community patrollers. In the process they damaged one of the police cars," Masondo said.

He said police were still investigating the source of the gun shots which sparked the chaos at the school.

This incident happened as police minister Bheki Cele and Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi are out today visiting Kutumela Molefi Primary School in Mamelodi as part of the Gauteng province's school safety programme.

Their visit in Mamelodi follows recent violent incidents affecting pupils in schools.

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