36 Gauteng high school pupils suspended for smoking dagga at school.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Friday confirmed the suspension of 36 pupils at Leondale Secondary School who were recorded on video "smoking dagga" on the school grounds.
Lesufi addressed pupils at the school, telling them classmates involved in the incident had been suspended and await a disciplinary hearing.
"We have said to the school governing body convene an urgent disciplinary hearing this weekend. We want to know who was selling this. We want to know who was distributing this. We want to know who is influencing our children wrongly," he said.
"This incident occurred on Wednesday the 20 April 2022 within the school premises. After it was alleged that the learners took advantage of the gap in the ground dirty timetable resulting in no teacher supervision at that time of the said incident. The investigation has been lodged to determine reasons why the learners were not supervised at that time."
A widely shared video went viral this week, showing the learners from the school in uniform smoking weed.
The video has sparked aggressive debate on social media with former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane calling for the axing of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga for the learners’ behaviour.
Some social media users have defended the Minister and blamed the learners' behaviour on their parents.
Lesufi told pupils they had two choices: "Either you want to be a learner or you don't want to be a learner. We can't tolerate a situation where children smoke dagga inside the school premises."