Criminals hit Gauteng school, steal protective equipment before teachers' return
The Gauteng education department has slammed criminals who broke into a school in Tshwane on the eve of teachers' return to schools.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said personal protective equipment (PPE) meant for the protection of pupils and teachers had been stolen.
The department said Sikhulisile Primary School in Ekangala was broken into twice in 48 hours.
In the second robbery, the criminals “unfortunately stole PPEs meant for our educators and learners”, said spokesperson Steve Mabona. “We have been experiencing so much of this vandalism, and it’s really uncalled for,” he said.
More than 300,000 pupils in grades 12 and 7 are expected to return to schools across the country on June 1. Mabona said the incident would hamper the department's efforts.
“This is unfortunate. We are preparing our schools as per the schedule; this will derail us in doing so.”
The department has since called on the public to help retrieve the materials and apprehend the criminals.
“We just want to call on members of the community who might have witnessed this or may have information on the whereabouts of the PPEs, to alert the police so that these criminals are arrested,” said Mabona.
Lesufi previously said that all pupils and staff returning to school would be provided with PPEs at all times to prevent exposure or risk to their health.
He also said they would have their temperatures checked daily.