Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has expressed outrage and condemned the acts of vandalism at Rietondale High School, formerly Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd.
He said the vandalism is a violation of a fundamental human right and undermines government’s transformation agenda.
The school in Pretoria was vandalised Sunday after the department changed its name from Hoërskool HF Verwoerd to Rietondale Secondary last month.
Preliminary reports suggest that criminals defaced the main gate of the school and vandalised sections of the building.
“We are appalled and shocked by this behaviour. We call on the police to do everything in their power to apprehend these faceless individuals. This act against the school is a violation of a fundamental human right and undermines our transformation agenda,” Lesufi said in a statement.
MEC Lesufi also called on communities to protect schools and assist the police in this incident.
“This act will not deter us from our agenda of transforming the education system. Vandalism targeted at our schools requires the urgent attention of all structures of civil society and our partners in the education sector.”