Gauteng schools have been undergoing burglary over the past few days, stealing personal protective equipment, among other things, the PPE were for teachers and pupils. The equipment was vital to ensure that schools reopen next week.
“There was a break-in at Sikhulisile Primary School and at Sithenjisiwe Secondary School in Tshwane,” says Capt. Police spokesman Mavela Masondo.
Two petrol lawnmowers were stolen from a storeroom at Sithenjisiwe on Saturday at 19:30.
“Two men broke into the Sikhulisile school on Monday afternoon and stole 12 taps. Two thermometers for taking a fever and three containers with face masks were also stolen, ”Masondo says.
No one has been arrested in connection with the burglaries.
Gauteng Education Department spokesman Steve Mabona says these break-ins are hampering the progress made for pupils to return to schools.
According to him, the Department of Education is extremely concerned and disappointed with the crimes that have been committed at schools since the beginning of the state of restriction.
“Protective equipment for teachers and pupils was delivered under police guidance on Tuesday at Ga-Rankuwa Primary School and Kgatoentle Secondary School. It is sad to see such extremes go, but the crime at schools leaves us with no other choice, ”says Mabona.
Police have already arrested 130 suspects of theft, vandalism and arson at schools in Gauteng since the inception of the state in March.