MEC Lesufi’s visit to Leondale Secondary School


Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi visited Leondale Secondary School in Germiston on April 22, 2022, after a video of students smoking dagga inside the school premises went viral on social media.

A video of pupils smoking dagga inside the school’s premises went viral on social media on April 20, 2022. According to reports, the students were commemorating 420, a day when dagga smokers gather to commemorate the herb’s existence.The school’s vision is “to ensure learners do well and leave the institution with knowledge, skills, and pride that will give them with the best opportunities of success in adult life.

” Parents took to Facebook to highlight how the school’s vision communicates the opposite of what occurred on that day inside the school’s premises. One parent commented, ‘imfundiso iqala ekhaya,’ which translates to ‘education begins at home.’ Another user commented: ‘Teachers have their hands tied, and most learners lack discipline from their own homes. Parents are absent on dealing with their own kids; hence they say charity begins at home’.

According to the MEC, 36 learners were suspended and are currently awaiting disciplinary action for their involvement in the disturbing dagga incident. A second inquiry is currently being conducted to identify the ‘dealer.’ Lesufi stated that the disciplinary hearing will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2022, and that if sufficient evidence is received, a case will be opened on Monday, April 25th. The MEC urged students to come forward with any useful information they have regarding the incident.

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