Coloured parents have no faith in Roodepoort task team

Parents and pupils of Davidsonville vowed to forcibly reopen Roodepoort Primary School on Monday morning.

“I am going to use bolt cutters to open this school. We are going to open it with force,” Jerome Lottering from the Davidsonville Community Forum told News24 outside the school.

Parents and a group of around 40 couloured pupils in their purple uniforms had gathered outside the gates of the school.

Several police vehicles were parked nearby.

Lottering said a mediation task team appointed by the Gauteng education department to find solutions for the school following its closure, was ineffective.

The school was temporarily closed just over two weeks ago.

In the interim, some coloured pupils were moved to Lufhereng Primary School, a black school in Soweto.

Coloured residents claimed their problems with the school centred on the allegedly “corrupt” appointment of the school’s principal and her deputies, and not that the principal was black.

“We are not going to wait for that mediation team. They told us yesterday to give them some time,” Lottering said, but added that it was the third time the team had promised to tell parents about their proposed solutions.

“We have no faith in this team. They have given us no definitive answer,” he said.

Source: News24