#BloemSchools: Education department pleads: “stay calm”

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The Free State Department of Education has called for calm among community members and parents of school children in Bloemfontein.

This comes after a young man was severely assaulted by members of the Heidedal community this morning because he was believed to be part of a gang, terrorising the community.

Police spokesperson, Zweli Mohobeleli, says after the incident rumours lead parents to collect their children at schools out of fear for gang attacks.

Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, could not comment on the situation as all relevant stakeholders are at a meeting in Heidedal to discuss the matter.

He, however, asked community members to remain calm and ignore social media messages.

Mohobeleli also dismissed rumours that gang members are on their way to target schools in Bloemfontein after this morning's incident.

This comes after various schools in Bloemfontein sent out bulk text messages to parents, urging them to collect their children from school.

Various schools in Bloemfontein have confirmed to OFM News that no incidents whatsoever occurred, learners wrote exams this morning and have already left.

-NewsTeam