Over the past week, a 17-year-old bully has wreaked havoc at the John Marubini Primary School at Phiphidi outside Thohoyandou, putting learners, staff and parents through living hell.
The learner, who went on a reign of terror after failing his matric examinations, was arrested on Sunday.
He was accused of bringing dangerous weapons to class and turning up at school with members of his gang who are not enrolled there. This forced many parents to withdraw their children from the school.
Many community members have blamed the SGB for dragging their feet in dealing with the case and before his arrest, police were blamed for not acting quickly enough.
On Monday most parents brought back their children after the boy was taken into custody.
Community leader Maluta Ramadolela, a former teacher, said they had a meeting on Monday morning where it was decided that there would be normal schooling after the arrest of the boy.
“We expect full attendance on Tuesday. We are relieved that the boy is safely behind bars and it was decided that the boy will no longer be allowed at the school premises. A removal letter has already been processed,” he said.
A parent of one of the learners, Masindi Mufunwaini, said she will bring her son the following day as she is sure the boy has been arrested.
Limpopo education spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene confirmed the incident and that it was being handled by police.
She said the incident was regrettable and that the department will make sure that those affected will receive counselling.
Limpopo police confirmed the arrest and said the teenager was charged with assault.
“The boy will be processed under the Child Protection Act,” he said.