School principal Moses Makgofane told Sowetan they allowed tenants into the empty classrooms as a safety measure against criminals who had during previous break-ins, walked off with doors, burglar bars and smartboards, among others.
"I did not take the decision, [to allow tenants into the unused classrooms] the school governing body (SGB) took the decision during a meeting held last year after it was announced that the Community Policing Forum will no longer guard the schools," said Makgofane.
Makgofane said due to the unused classrooms being on a different block to classrooms, classes were not being affected or disrupted even if the tenants were to make noise.
SGB chairperson Jacobeth Masetloa said the tenants started staying at school in November, and there's never been a break-in at the school ever since.
"We took the decision collectively as members of the SGB and the tenants are staying at the school for free and we regard them as part of the caretakers of the school," Masetloa said.
Education department spokesperson Steve Mabona said they will send officials to investigate the allegations.
"Such allegations are concerning and we will investigate accordingly."