A total of 72 schools have been broken into throughout  the province - seven schools in the Bohlabela district, nine in Ehlanzeni, 28 in Nkangala, and 28 in the Gert Sibande district. File photo: David Ritchie / African News Agency (ANA)
A total of 72 schools have been broken into throughout the province - seven schools in the Bohlabela district, nine in Ehlanzeni, 28 in Nkangala, and 28 in the Gert Sibande district. File photo: David Ritchie / African News Agency (ANA)

Mpumalanga Education MEC condemns burglary of more than 70 schools during lockdown

By Jonisayi Maromo Time of article published Apr 11, 2020

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Pretoria – The Mpumalanga Education Department on Saturday lamented the ongoing spate of burglaries at schools in the province during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown period. 

A total of 72 schools have been broken into throughout  the province - seven schools in the Bohlabela district, nine in Ehlanzeni, 28 in Nkangala, and 28 in the Gert Sibande district. 

Mpumalanga Education MEC Bonakele Majuba condemned the targeting of schools and urged community members to report such incidents to the South African Police Service (SAPS). 

"The destruction and breaking into public or private property is really uncalled for and must be condemned in the strongest terms it deserves. Schools, and any public property, must not in any way be targets for criminal activity, because they solely exist to empower our children and communities. For this reason they need to be protected,” said Majuba. 

“The vandalism and burglary is counterproductive to the developmental agenda of government. I request our communities to work with the police to identify the culprits behind this so that in turn they may be brought to book." 

South Africa is going through a national lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown is accompanied by a string of regulations that limit the movement of citizens, who are expected to stay at home unless they are shopping for food, seeking medical attention or supplies, banking, buying petrol, collecting social grants, or performing essential services. 

All schools are currently closed. The lockdown is expected to end on April 30.

African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet

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