- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has condemned the destruction of a primary school by protesters
- This came after residents set the school alight to protest lack of electricity in the area
- Lesufi warned communities that their schools may not be rebuilt if residents destroy them
Protesters have allegedly burned down a primary school in Katlehong on the East Rand of Gauteng.
The protesters were demanding that electricity be installed in the area.
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, condemned the incident, saying, "This is completely unacceptable."
While police have not yet confirmed the incident, a case of arson has been opened, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Lesufi expressed outrage about the arson. He shared photos of the destroyed school on social media.
"People of Katlehong, this is what is left of Katlehong Primary School because the community is protesting against lack of electricity," the MEC posted.
Lesufi vowed that if communities destroyed their schools, the building would not be rebuilt. This is not the first time Lesufi had said he would play hardball regarding protesters who destroy property. According to News24, in 2017, Lesufi warned students of Sinenhlahla Primary School that the education department would not rebuild the school if it was damaged.
Lesufi was not alone in condemning the burning; however. ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe also had harsh words for the protesters, calling them "anarchists".
He also called on police to make sure that those responsible for the destruction were brought to justice.
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