Protesting Gauteng pupils head home

Johannesburg – Protesting Gauteng pupils have headed home after an afternoon of looting and wreaking havoc in Johannesburg, police say.

Pupils dressed in school uniforms descended on Johannesburg CBD after 13:00 on Wednesday, looting vendors and terrorising shop owners.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini told News24 that by 17:20 all the pupils had left the Gauteng Legislature.

According to reports the protest, which was organised by the Congress of South African Students, gathered at the legislature to deliver a memorandum of demands to the MEC of education and MEC of community safety.

Earlier Dlamini said: “We have officers on the scene monitoring the situation, but are not sure why they are marching.”

Reports from the CBD said the children where wreaking havoc as they looted from street vendors and forced shops to close.

Sapa reported that four pupils were taken to hospital after being attacked by shop owners while they were looting.

"Four male learners assaulted by shopkeepers, who retaliated [to looting], were taken to hospital," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.

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