About a hundred riotous learners ran amok at the school on Tuesday, physically attacking teachers, throwing condoms filled with urine and faeces and damaging school property.
Boikhutso stated that though the behavior of the students may have been incited through mob mentality, the learners must still be made aware of their actions and be held accountable.
“In regard to the damage caused by the students, they must make sure that those who are affected and all the damage that has been caused be attended to by the students and the parents of those students and make sure that this never happens again,” said Boikhutso.
State prosecutor Bongani Mkhwebana stated that the learners should be granted bail at no cost due to their financial situations but Boikhutso argued that this would not be in the interest of justice.
“Bail will be set at R200 so that these students will report back to court and that they do not engage in criminal activity again,” stated Boikhutso.
For their parents, this was a welcome outcome and many breathed sighs of relief at the verdict.
“We are very happy that our children are released and would like to thank the Department of Education for stepping in and pushing for the case to be today instead of Monday,” said Judy Maharaj, a member of the ward committee in Eastwood.
She added that the parents do not condone the behaviour displayed by their children but do not agree with the arrests of juveniles for what they deem a petty matter.
Maharaj stated that instead of turning on each other that the teachers, learners and parents need to work together in order to move forward.
“We now need to counsel our children and get them on track to prepare for their final exams which are only in a few days’ time,” said Maharaj.
National exams will commence on October 24 and the trial is expected to resume on December 14.