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education blackboard thumb medium80 92SowetanLive reports that there was uncertainty on Tuesday about whether schooling would resume at a Mpumalanga school after it was forced to shut down when a gang stormed it last week.

The gang, known as the Wrong Turn, forced the school to close as gang rivalry escalated in Elukwatini near Badplaas. The Wrong Turn gang, which has members of school-going age who carry pangas, made teachers fearful of going to school. In footage Sowetan has seen, two young gang members are seen wielding a panga and threatening teachers. Teachers said they feared for their lives as they had tried stopping the gang and were now being targeted. “It was on Wednesday when the Wrong Turn came to the school, teachers tried to stop them and the gang left. They promised to come back on Friday, that is why the school had to be closed because of fear for both the teachers and the learners. It’s a war zone here. It’s norm for learners to go to school with pangas,” said one teacher. A pupil stated: “The boys are always having some kind of a weapon, if it’s not a knife, it’s a panga. It’s scary because sometimes we have to run for our lives at school. They fear no one.” School principal JM Mahlinza said: “We shall meet with the circuit coordinator for a commitment and also the department to ensure that safety is restored.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mandla Khoza at SowetanLive

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