Thousands of teenage school children went on the rampage Johannesburg CBD, reportedly looting and stealing from shops and vendors.
Sapa reported that the group was in Albertina Sisulu and Eloff streets around 14:00, and majority were standing in front of the education department building.
Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said they do not have any information on why the children started wreaking havock.
They were seen looting an alcohol truck in Claims Street while workers were offloading cases. They also gathered outside a restaurant singing “we are hungry”.
The owner of an art gallery in the CBD, told News24 that a group of learners in school uniforms were looting from vendors in the streets outside their building.
“The gates to the gallery had to be locked. We are not sure what is going on or where they are coming from.”
Mobs of children were seen running down the street just after lunch time.
One resident said the children complained that they were taught “in fear”. English is the language used in most black schools.
People in the CBD have tweeted that the children are armed and threatening vendors and shop owners.