Since the lockdown was announced on March 27, more than 70 schools in Mpumalanga have been breached and educational equipment and computers have been stolen, among other things.
In some cases, the buildings were also vandalized.
The Mpumalanga Education Department issued a statement on Saturday that says they are disappointed with the incidents and that criminals appear to be on a “hunt” to destroy much-needed community development facilities.
“There have been break-ins at 72 schools across the province since the lockdown.
“Complaints have been filed with the police after all the incidents and the investigations are continuing.
“The Mpumalanga Education Department is asking anyone with information about these crimes or the perpetrators to contact the police,” the statement said.
The province’s MEC for education, Bonakele Majuba, also condemned the break-ins at the schools and asked people to expose the criminals “behind these horrific acts.
“Schools and any other public property should in no way be the target of criminals, because it only exists to empower our children and communities. Therefore it must be protected.
“This vandalism and burglaries are counterproductive to the government’s development agenda.
“I urge the community to work with the police so that the perpetrators can be arrested,” says Majuba.