The number of burglaries and vandalism incidents at schools in Gauteng since the coronavirus lockdown started has increased to 55.
The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, is concerned about the sky scraping number of burglaries experienced in Gauteng schools during the lockdown period, the department said in a statement.
The latest break-ins occurred between 9-11 April affecting 15 schools:
Harmony Primary, Lenasia; Eersterust Secondary, Eersterust; Matseke Primary, Atteridgville; Jordan Secondary, Evaton; Jabulani Technical, Soweto; Thomas Nhlapho Primary, Meyerton; Moqhaka Secondary School, Sebokeng; Kwa-Ntsikana Secondary School, Soweto; Klipvalley Primary School, Soweto; Lufhereng Secondary, Soweto; Mbuyisa Makhubu Primary School. Soweto; Ivory Park Secondary, Ivory Park; Mahube Valley Primary, Mahube Valley; Sehopotso Secondary, Sebokeng; and Princess Primary, Roodepoort.
Valuable equipment and school nutrition groceries were stolen during the burglaries.
“It seems that these criminals are not bothered and they don’t have a sense on the damage they are causing to the future of our children and our country because without education, we are doomed, the future is bleak. Indeed the coarse behavior of these criminals is annoying and they must be apprehended and face the law. This is to reiterate our plea for protection of our schools, and the community is encouraged to always report criminal activities in their areas to the law enforcement agencies for a swift response,” said MEC Lesufi.
Source: Gauteng Department of Education