Putco bus set alight in #Klipspruit protest

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 3, 2017

By mid morning calm had been restored, but police remain to monitor the area.

Makhubele said that residents had blocked the K43 highway.

"The residents hijacked a Putco bus from the driver and they set it alight".

The Gauteng department of education (GDE) said on Thursday it was disappointed by the continued protest action against the appointment of a black principal at the Klipspruit West High School in Johannesburg.

Makhubela said police were going to engage with community members.

During an interview on eNCA, GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona said on their visit to the Klipspruit West community, the department told them an investigation would be conducted to find out whether indeed the appointment process was indeed flawed.

Despite insisting the matter is not a racial issue, the community is calling for a coloured principal. He said that it didn't make sense that the SGB initially accepted the principal, but subsequently challenged their own decision.

"We will be investigating to see if we can open cases of public violence and malicious damage to property‚" Makhubele said.

He said that although the flaming bus had been extinguished, the bus was still obstructing the road, making it hard for people to make it into the community.

"Police have deployed the public order policing and also the police from Kliptown".

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