The Department of Education appeals to residents to assist with information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) and recover stationery that was stolen at four schools.
It is suspected that the books belonging to Mogabane Primary School in Ga-Dikgale, Jawe-Jawe Ledwaba Secondary School in Venus village, Nape Primary School in Ga-Madiba and Mamabudisha Secondary School in Mankweng could have been stolen during the Festive Season.
Departmental Spokesperson Sam Makondo indicated that this was a case of theft which the department strongly condemned. He appealed to anyone with information to approach the department and the Police. He confirmed that a criminal case was opened with the Police.
“We deliver stationery in time so that our learners must get it when schools reopen. We have accordingly placed urgent orders for these schools because we don’t want teaching and learning to be affected. Schools with surpluses have also assisted in the meantime. It is disappointing and sad for anyone to even think of targeting stationery meant for learners,” he remarked.
Education MEC Polly Boshielo took to social media to express shock and disappointment as she wrote: “I just received a report that all stationery were stolen. Who did this and why? Who is going to buy them? Parents must protect the assets of their children! This is too sad (SIC)!”
At the time of publishing the story on the website, comment from Provincial Police Communications Head Motlafela Mojapelo was still being awaited.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI