Around 36 learners from the Leondale High School in Gauteng were suspended last week after a video went viral on social media of students smoking marijuana.
Before the hearing got underway, students were being searched upon entry into the school. It remains to be seen if this is a new procedure or if it has always been in practice.
Questions have been raised as to the whereabouts of teachers during the incident as more than 30 students were seen on school premises smoking marijuana.
Gauteng Department spokesperson Steve Mabona says that this is under investigation and the process is ongoing. He also revealed that parents were apologised to during a meeting held on Sunday evening.
He said, “Through the acting principle they've already apologised to parents to say this will not happen again and they plead to parents to say, look assist us, let's work together make sure that the children are disciplined from home when they come here they should be disciplined”.
Mabona added, “The supervision must always be there, educators know what they're supposed to be doing. We cannot have during contact time learners that are doing things that are uncalled for transgression of the code of conduct. It's quite serious”.
He did however assure parents that the disciplinary proceedings will be corrective and not punitive.
Education MEC in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi said that an urgent investigation was needed to determine who was selling and distributing marijuana to students.
He added that based on the evidence received in the hearings, the department will open a criminal case with the South African Police Service.