On Thursday Morning the Democratic Alliance(DA) and Randfontein community members gathered outside the premises of Randfontein Secondary school in West Rand, demanding the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, to intervene and inspect the asbestos school as a matter of urgency.
In a statement, it is believed that the school was supposed to be rebuilt which resulted to the contractors has built walls around exposed asbestos, leaving school staff and learners in danger.
The DA believes that the teachers and learners are exposed to poor workmanship by the contractors as this puts everyone at risk.
Lesufi will be facing questions, as to how much the projected has costed the department and who has conducted the completion inspection and signed off the paperwork.
“We will ensure that MEC Lesufi and Gauteng Premier, David Makhura are held liable should anything happen to learners whilst they are exposed to this unsafe environment”.
“The walls built around the asbestos are crumbling and it’s a disaster waiting to happen”.
In Addition, Toekomsrus Primary School, near Randfontein Secondary School, is also an asbestos school and is one of the schools allegedly prioritized by the department, yet no work has commenced.
The community is furious with the Gauteng Department of Education. Their calls for MEC Lesufi’s presence are valid and he must address the community’s concerns.
The situation at both schools has compromised the learners’ rights to a safe and dignified schooling environment.
The community has demanded the MEC to visit the school within the next seven days for inspection and assess the situation.
The DA will submit written questions to establish when exactly the department intends to eliminate all asbestos schools within the province.