Five mobile classrooms at MJ Mgidi Secondary School in Soshanguve, Tshwane, burned down on Wednesday evening.
The cause of the fire remains unknown at this stage.
“The only people who suffer from these actions are the learners who will now be educated in overcrowded classrooms, while some will have no classrooms at all,” DA shadow MEC for Education in Gauteng said, Khume Ramulifho.
This latest incident will undoubtedly put additional strain on the already limited resources of the Gauteng Education Department.
READ ALSO: Glenvista High School: The Department of Education “will not repair the damage”.
The DA believes that political battles could be at the origin of this last incident.
“With the current issues surrounding the ANC candidate nomination process in the region, we cannot rule out the possibility that disgruntled members of the community are involved.
“We urge communities to safeguard and protect our schools as they are valuable resources meant to improve the lives of children,” Ramulifo added.
The DA wants the South African Police Service (Saps) to urgently investigate the cause of the fire and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
This is not the first time that MJ Mgidi high school has found itself at the center of the controversy. In March last year, Twitter users asked Gauteng Education’s MEC Panyaza Lesufi to visit the school over allegations of vandalism.
READ NOW: Call to stop those responsible for the classroom fire