Gauteng education department says a syndicate targeting Pretoria schools


Zodidi Mhlana

JOHANNESBURG- Gauteng education department on Friday said that it was worried about a series of robberies that have recently taken place in Tshwane schools.

The department said that it believed that a syndicate was behind the school robberies which have resulted in computers and school nutrition stock being stolen.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi appealed to community members to assist the police with information that might lead to arrests. 

“We strongly condemn these criminal acts which seek to undermine our effort to provide food to our children at school, it is paramount noting that, most of the learners at the said schools are from disadvantaged communities and as such we must provide food to them every day. We urge community members to avail any information that might assist the police to apprehend culprits.  Our schools cannot afford to be a haven for criminals, this cannot be tolerated,” he said.  

The department said that cases have been opened with the police.  

The department said that the robberies began on Tuesday this week at Flavius Mareka Secondary School where criminals stole the school’s entire nutrition stock.

Four computers and the school nutrition were also taken at Thohoyandou Primary School on Friday morning. 

Another robbery also occurred at Masizane Primary school, where a security guard was tied up. Robbers broke into the school’s admin block where they took seven computers and two tablets and the school’s nutrition.