Dec 4, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Tempers flare as pupils and security face off outside Durban school

What began as an altercation between two schoolgirls at Effingham Secondary School in Durban soon erupted into chaos when private security officers and police confronted dozens of unruly students on Thursday.

The incident was reported in a captured a series of video clips shared on social media, some of which have since gone viral, showing a heated altercation between students and security officials. Out of respect for children’s legal rights, the clips are not being shared here.

In one of the videos, a man points a large caliber gun at a student.

According to an eyewitness who preferred it However, to remain anonymous, the video does not tell the full story.

“The video does not show what actually happened. There were mobs of learners out and about, angering those who were there to calm the situation. The video does not show how the student threatened to kill the man if he did not let go of the woman student who had been causing the problems. The student reached into his pocket and in a split second the man thought he had a knife on him.” KwaZulu-Natal education spokesman Muzi Mahlambi told TimesLIVE the situation began with an altercation between two schoolgirls who might have been teachers do not contain them.

“Two girls were involved in [an] altercation and when they tried to stop her, [it] became difficult to calm the situation. The fight went on and on. Temporary security guards tried to help and were soon met with violence by unruly students from the school and students from other schools. The police had to be called,” he said.

Mahlambi said the situation was made worse by parents coming to the school.

“Parents came to attack other students who fought with them their children. This became chaotic and out of control.

“The department officials were helpless because under normal circumstances when students exhibit unruly behavior, we always have comfort in calling their parents, but when parents come and that show With the same behavior you are in a hopeless situation.”

He said that because of what happened on Thursday, the department decided to close the school until Monday.

< p>“A meeting will be held on Sunday with the participation of parents and the department. We hope that after this meeting, the school can resume on Monday.”

He said the school would deal with the students involved in the fight that caused the chaos in an appropriate manner .

Police forwarded all inquiries to the Department of Education.

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