The Department of Education on Saturday confirmed that six classrooms were burnt down at Setilo Secondary school Mareetsane Village near Mafikeng in the North West.
The destruction, allegedly perceived to be politically-linked started on Tuesday when a mob invaded the school and halted teaching and learning.
According to a statement released by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshega, the protesters subsequently made a mess of the classrooms on Thursday.
In the heat of the moment, reports had it that pupils and teachers of Setilo secondary school were unable to continue with teaching and learning due to the disruptions and fears for the safety of learners and teachers.
The protest saw three classrooms belonging to Grade 12 and three belonging to Grade 11 burnt down.
Reacting bitterly to the incidence, Motshega enjoined parents and communities members to safeguard schools in their community and ensure they are not turned into places of protest.
She noted that the act of destroying a school is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
“Not only are these criminals damaging State property worth millions of Rands that the tax payer will have to fund, but they are holding the lives of these learners to ransom and putting the future of our children in jeopardy.
“We could have lawyers, doctors or engineers among these learners and now their chances of getting the marks they need to transform their lives could be scuppered by the unacceptable, selfish actions of these criminals,” Motshega said.
The minister regretted that ‘criminals’ failed to learn from Vuwani protests; which saw more than 20 schools torched.
Meanwhile, seven suspects, aged between 19 and 32, have appeared at the Itsoseng Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection to the crime.