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Another Gauteng School up in flames

For the second time this year, a Gauteng secondary school has gone up in flames. Pupils at Khutlo Tharo have been sent home on their first day back to school.

Another school has been set on fire in Gauteng this week, just a few days after one in Evaton got set alight. Khutlo Tharo Secondary School in Sebokeng was torched in the early hours of Wednesday, as firefighters were called to the scene before dawn.

The administrative block of Khutlo Tharo in Zone 3 has started burning at about 2:00. The inferno lasted for hours before fire crews managed to extinguish it. This, the first day back to school for our pupils, has been ruined for the hundreds of children who attend this school.

Staff at the facility – formerly attended by the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – had to send their learners home at the school gates. It’s not clear how long it will be closed for, but we understand that the damage is extensive.

Photo: Panyaza Lesufi / Twitter

Investigations in to the Khutlo Tharo fire are now well underway. It’s believed that the authorities will investigate a possible case of arson, and they face the difficult task of finding any deliberate firestarter. This is proving to be a very sad case of deja vu for the authorities in Gauteng.

Tokelo Secondary School in Evaton, South Gauteng, was gutted by fire in the early hours of Thursday 2 January. The school principal confirmed that while firefighters managed to mitigate the complete destruction of the structure, a total of 12 classrooms were torched. Furthermore, materials for the 2020 school year were being housed in one of the classrooms which burnt-out. The loss is estimated to exceed R4 million.

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