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Thamaga teachers want to flee

MPHO MOKWAPE
One of the parents showing a knife taken from his son.
Scared Thamaga teachers want out of the village that has become notorious with gang members terrorizing members of the community.

They have complained that indiscipline is the order of the day among the village’s youth who beat up teachers, and smoke marijuana in the class room with impunity.

The teachers approached the village elders at the Kgotla informing them that they have had enough of the youth lawlessness in the village and in the local Junior Secondary School.

Addressing residents who descended in large numbers at the Kgotla, Chief and village representative Julyus Koboyamodimo said the teachers came and decried about the lack of protection from the parents and the police.

“Teachers of Thamaga especially from Thamaga Junior are living in fear and are pointing fingers at us and the police and they want to leave”, he said. Koboyamodimo said it was unfortunate that level of crime is even scarring away civil servants in his village.

He however said parents escalated the ill discipline in the village as only a fraction of the elders out of 23 000 residents bring their children at

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the Kgotla for lashing, while the rest prefer to  hide them and even deny their involvement in terror activities.

Koboyamodimo further accused parents especially females of harboring criminals that live amongst us as their children.

For his part Thamaga Junior Secondary School Principal, P Nnoane said teachers are living in fear after one was attacked by the gang and left with broken arms.

He pointed out that he was sympathizing with  the teachers who no longer feel safe in the village adding that most of the gangs are even groomed in the school. Nnoane said he was worried that parents continue to sell dagga to students.

“Recently nine children and among them girls were caught smoking dagga in class and you wonder what kind of future they will have”, he said. He urged parents to work with school authorities to discipline the children adding that if the situation continues they would end up having no teachers willing to work in Thamaga.



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