Four Gauteng schools have been burnt and 22 vandalised underthe lockdown ordered by President Cyril Ramaphosa to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. The provincial department of education confirmed that 22 schools were vandalized in Gauteng since the lockdown came into effect.
Soshanguve High school was set alight on Wednesday morning. Education MEC Panyaza Lusufi suspected a syndicate operating in the area.
“This is worrisome, it looks like same modus operandi is used, we are tempted to believe that there is a syndicate operating in the area, the sooner these cowards are arrested the better,”
Amogelang High school was also set alight in Soshanguve within two weeks of the lockdown. MEC Lusufi said that they were appalled by the incident.
“We are dismayed to report about yet another school destroyed by fire, worse within few days in the same area. We really don’t know what is happening in Soshanguve, this is to register our plea with the Security Cluster to protect our schools,”
“This is appalling and unbelievable, that we are actually on day 12 of the Lockdown, one ponders on how will the picture look like after this period. Indeed, we cannot allow this barbarism to continue rob our children their future,” said MEC Lesufi.
Police captain Mr Stephen Maluleke of the Rietgat police station said the investigation is underway to find perpetrators.
“We are working around the clock to make sure that all perpetrators responsible for this act are brought to book. For now, we cannot rule over a possible syndicate, however we are busy with investigations.” said Captain Maluleke.
Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said the department has called on school governing bodies (SGBs) to reinforce security.
“SGBs are advised to reinforce security measures. We think a collective effort to detect and report incidents to law enforcement agencies might yield positive results in curbing this criminality,” said Mabona.
Ms Portia Sibone spokeswoman of the Soshanguve police station said that forensics who reported after the fire at Phuthanang primary school said it was an arson attack.