Cape Town – An altercation between two schoolgirls reportedly erupted into chaos, forcing the Durban school to close its doors.
According to reports, the incident occurred at Effingham Secondary School on Thursday.
Things quickly escalated when private security officers and police ended up in a confrontation.
Following the chaos, a number of videos have circulated on social media where private security guards and metro police officers are seen dragging two schoolgirls and pointing firearms at other pupils.
According to The Citizen, Fedelity ADT security guards and Durban Metro Police officers responded to the scene at the request of SAPS.
“Saps asked our officers to assist in restraining one of the learners involved in the fight,” The Citizen quoted Fedelity ADT as saying.
KwaZulu-Natal education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi reportedly told TimesLive that the security guards and police who attempted to assist with the fighting pupils were met with unruly pupils.
He said the department was helpless when parents could not calm the situation.
Mahlambi said that due to what occurred the department had decided to close the school until Monday, reported TimesLive.
SowetanLive, said, however, that an anonymous witness alleged that the video did not tell the whole story.
“The video does not show what was actually happening. There were mobs of learners who were on the road antagonising those who were there to calm the situation. The video does not show how the learner threatened to kill the man if he did not let go of the female learner who had been causing problems. The learner reached into his pocket and in that split-second, the man thought he had a knife on him,” the report quoted the anonymous witness.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe