Video surfaces of protesters burning down classrooms over damaged roof

Video surfaces of protesters burning down classrooms over damaged roof

- Protesters have burned down mobile classrooms Oakdale Secondary School near Johannesburg

- Police disrupted the protests and arrested five individuals

- Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was outraged over the incident

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Mobile classrooms as Oakdale Secondary School in Ennerdale near Johannesburg have been burned down.

This came as part of several protests that have broken out across Gauteng over the last two weeks.

The protesters who burned the classrooms were reportedly unhappy because government had been slow in repairing the school's damaged roof.

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A video surfaced on social media showing the classrooms burning. However, officials have confirmed that the fire has since been put out.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi responded to the video with outrage, pointing out the contradiction in protesters burning down classrooms because they had not been adequately repaired.

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According to police, the protesters had burnt tyres and barricaded several roads. Rubber pullets were fired in order to break up the crowd and five protesters were arrested, has learned. 

The tension at Oakdale Secondary School has reportedly been building up for several weeks.

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Parents have been complaining that the classrooms are not up to standard, and since the beginning of the month there has been no schooling for several grades as parents feared for their children's safety, according to TimesLive. 

This comes as service delivery complaints at other schools have also led to several protests around Gauteng in recent weeks.

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