Gauteng Education and Youth Development MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has taken his frustrations out on the police following the robbery of a school in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Midrand school robbed: This is what was taken.
As reported by Times Live, Noordwyk Secondary School was targeted by five unknown assailants and robbed of equipment worth R4.5 million.
Based on the images posted by Lesufi (see below), it’s believed that the suspects made their way into the school’s computer laboratory through the ceiling.
According to police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela, the suspects made off with an undisclosed number of computer equipment, laptops as well as solar panels.
The details surrounding the incident are a bit sketchy at this time but Makhubela revealed that the school’s security guards were accosted by five armed men.
The robbers assaulted and tied the guards up with shoelaces at around 03;45 on Tuesday, before they rummaged through the Midrand school.
Lesufi takes aim at the police
Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the ordeal.
This early on in the investigation, police have made no gains in finding the suspects. Lesufi, whose priority has been the untimely death of a Grade 10 learner from Ferndale High School, was notified of this incident.
The Gauteng Education MEC took to Twitter to express his discontent with acts of criminality and threw shade at the police whose responsibility is to keep communities safe.
Last night thugs came uninvited at Noordwyk Secondary School, Midrand and took our learning and teaching equipments. Dear @SAPoliceService we can only hope! @EducationGP @Steve_Mabona pic.twitter.com/5X0ZfLVr81— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) February 12, 2020
This is the second reported school robbery since the start of the 2020 curriculum. In January, four armed suspects entered Quarry Heights Primary School in Newlands East, Durban, with weapons drawn.
The suspects robbed teachers and staffers of their cellphones and cash. The suspects were never arrested.