Nine students accused of torching school dormitory.
Nine students from troubled Goodhope Senior School are being investigated for allegedly torching a school dormitory on Wednesday evening.
According to police sources, the pupils have denied starting the fire, although they admitted to smoking dagga at the time of the blaze.
The nine under investigation are said to have tampered with an electricity main switch, plunging the dormitory into darkness.
A mattress was then dragged into the middle of the dormitory and set on fire, with the flames reaching the ceiling and badly burning it.
Confirming the incident, Superintendent Mogomotsi Kwapa told The Voice they detained the group of students for a day before releasing them on Friday.
“Some of the students among the rowdy group confessed to the police that they know nothing about the fire. But they said they were smoking marijuana during the time the fire took place,” explained Kwapa.
“There is no action taken against the students who confessed that they were smoking marijuana by the time of the fire incident, as no exhibit has been caught,” he added.
The superintendent grieved that criminal cases are becoming increasingly common at the school, revealing that the police had previously investigated four cases of drug-taking.
Kwapa further disclosed that they register common theft cases, whereby students steal from others.
Speaking to The Voice, South Region Director, Acro Maseko stressed that the Ministry is fed-up of Goodhope’s misbehaving students and warned that serious action would be taken against those found guilty of burning the school dormitory.
“In many cases, less performing students are the ones involved in this criminal cases to destabilize the school premises,” said Maseko, adding that the school’s management have now handed the cases to the police, for them to take action against the students.
“For a long time we have protected them, thinking they are young but the situation is now out of control,” grieved Maseko.