Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has slammed Katlehong residents after the township primary school was burnt down this week.
Lesufi says residents are protesting over a lack of electricity.
In a tweet on Thursday, the MEC wrote that this was completely unacceptable and suggested that the department will not be repairing the school.
People of Katlehong, this is what is left of Katlehong Primary School because the community is protesting against lack of electricity. This is completely unacceptable. Forget it if you think we will fix it! You will see to finish pic.twitter.com/os4RdlzoJm— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) July 4, 2019
Responding to criticism over his tweet on the Afternoon Drive, Lesufi says the department must send a strong message.
You can't take money from other communities that are waiting for a school— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC
We need to send a strong message, we need to draw a line. There is no way that we can continue to repair things that you claim that you need them.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC
It is not the first time we are doing this, we are being consistent... people who did this are selfish. These are children of the community.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC
He says pupils will be moved to another venue.
Click on the link below to hear his full response...