We won’t fix torched schools, warns Makhura

We won’t fix torched schools, warns Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned that government will no longer rebuild schools which have been damaged due to protest action.

Sinethemba Madolo

Makhura joined Gauteng Education MEC Panyaz Lesufi, Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara and Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo at the official opening of the  revamped Noordgesig Primary School in Soweto on Wednesday.


The school boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including science labs.

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Makhura says the community will also get a refurbished library and clinic, but warned that it won’t be fixed if it’s damaged during protests.


"This story that we must go and build schools and one morning when someone is not happy with something in the community they first they target is the school or a clinic must come to an end.


"And communities you must not allow it. If you destroy this school, and you destroy that clinic, and you destroy that library I will not be back to come and build this school again.


"MEC Lesufi, MEC Motara there will be no money.”


Makhura turned his attention to his executive, urging them to deliver on promises.


"In local government sometimes there are people who think it important to have a press conference than to have service delivery.


"I want occupation certificate. I want us to open the library. I don't want a mayor that's on TV having press briefings and doing nothing. I want councillors who work. Not TV, TV, TV, not press conferences."

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