Community plans to shut down school due to getting rid of hawkers at school


A principal of Matlebjane high school has been accused of removing street vendors who were selling food inside the school premises. This follows after a school meeting which was held at Masemola (Pshring) to assess and observe the reason being why learners vomit and experience lung disease during classes. In a meeting tender owners of food suppliers delivering to various schools denied the allegation of supplying unhealthy food at the premises. Learners were left with no choice but to accuse vendors to sell them unhealthy products.

The hawker says on 18 September 2018 the principal gave them letters which informed them to leave the school premises with immediate effect. According to the hawkers, Vembi Senona said the principal failed to gave them concrete reason why he was chasing away. He accuse Matlebjane headmaster of planning to open his own business inside the school premises.

“The decision of principal is malicious and we are not happy with it. The incident of learners who suffered both lung disease and vomit never happened around our area. We are just the ordinary people who make living by selling food at school. Why should we poison our own children whilst teachers as well buy our food,” he said.

Vembi said he was the only one man selling at school with three other women. He said some learners at Matlebjane high school support them. He added that the principal must calls them back at school to operate their business.

“We want him to call us back or else the community together with us will shut down the school until the principal permit us to continue with our business,” he concluded.

Sekhukhune times reporter tried several times to engage with Limpopo department of education” spokesperson but was not available.



Thapelo Motseo

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